Coast Guard reminds boaters to be safe over 4th of July weekend

Coast Guard reminds boaters to be safe over 4th of July weekend
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Coast Guard is reminding all mariners to be safe on the water during the Fourth of July weekend. During the holiday, increased traffic on the water is expected. Coast Guard stations around the country will be on patrol to ensure safety and security on the water, but the Coast Guard reminds boaters that safety starts at the dock. “As always, ensure you have your proper...

Coast Guard, local partners urge caution during Valley Palooza

Coast Guard, local partners urge caution during Valley Palooza
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Coast Guard, along with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office, are set to conduct patrols, Sunday, throughout the Intercoastal Waterway in the vicinity of Palm Valley, Florida, in conjunction with the planned Valley Palooza event. This is the first year for the Valley Palooza event that involves participants aboard inflatable...

Coast Guard establishes regulated navigation area in Intercoastal Waterway

Coast Guard establishes regulated navigation area in Intercoastal Waterway
MIAMI — There will be an enforced regulated navigation area with an enforced 15-knot speed limit in the Intercoastal Waterway, extending from Buena Vista, Miami, to Black Point, Miami, from 7 p.m. July 4, 2015, until 2 a.m. July 5, 2015. All vessels within the regulated navigation area are: ·     Required to transit the area at no more than 15 knots. ·     Subject to control by the Coast...

Coast Guard continues to investigate race boat incident that left 1 dead, 3 injured

Coast Guard continues to investigate race boat incident that left 1 dead, 3 injured
BALTIMORE — The Coast Guard continues to investigate a boat crash that killed a 7-year-old Sunday and injured three others during the Thunder on the Narrows race off Kent Island. Deceased is Julianne Rosela, 7, of Chester, who was transported to Queen Anne’s Medical Center Injured were: Robbie Root, 35, of Chester, medevaced by helicopter to University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center Jennifer...

Coast Guard urges vessel owners to comply with passenger-for-hire laws

Coast Guard urges vessel owners to comply with passenger-for-hire laws
WILMINGTON, N.C. — The Coast Guard Captain of the Port Sector North Carolina reminds vessel owners who transport passengers for hire, or are interested in participating in this type of business operation, about the federal laws and regulations in place to ensure the safety of passengers, crews and the marine environment. As per 46 US Code § 2101.21(a), a “Passenger for Hire” is defined as “a...

Coast Guard monitoring Falcon 9 rocket debris field

Coast Guard monitoring Falcon 9 rocket debris field
CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida – The Coast Guard is working in close coordination with SpaceX and partner agencies to monitor the Falcon 9 debris field currently located more than 150 miles off the Florida-Georgia coast. The Coast Guard is cautioning vessels transiting that area and asking the public to report any sightings of debris that may wash ashore. Currently, no impacts from debris are expected...

Coast Guard investigates race boat incident near Kent Island, Md. that left 1 dead and 3 injured

Coast Guard investigates race boat incident near Kent Island, Md. that left 1 dead and 3 injured
BALTIMORE — The Coast Guard is investigating a boat crash that killed one individual Sunday and injured three more during the Thunder on the Narrows race off Kent Island. Names are being withheld pending notification of next of kin. Coast Guard Sector Baltimore watchstanders received a call at approximately 5:30 p.m. stating a race boat lost control and struck onlookers who were together on spectator...

Coast Guard commercial fishing vessel exam team helps Bristol Bay fishermen

Coast Guard commercial fishing vessel exam team helps Bristol Bay fishermen
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Marine safety personnel from Coast Guard Sector Anchorage, Coast Guard Sector Juneau and Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Homer conducted exams, training and community outreach in Sand Point, King Cove, Port Moller, King Salmon, Naknek, Dillingham, Egegik and Togiak at the start of the 2015 Bristol Bay sockeye salmon fishery. The Bristol Bay fishery is touted as the world’s...

Great Lakes Coast Guard units partner with maritime law enforcement agencies for Operation Dry Water

Great Lakes Coast Guard units partner with maritime law enforcement agencies for Operation Dry Water
A flotilla of recreational boaters take part in an unsanctioned marine event on Lake Erie during the 2014 Operation Dry Water three-day weekend.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Capt. Scott Anderson) CLEVELAND – U.S. Coast Guard and maritime law enforcement agencies on the Great Lakes and surrounding areas will partner up Friday through Sunday for the seventh annual Operation Dry Water campaign. This...