Coast Guard encourages public to verify vessels for hire are properly licensed

Coast Guard encourages public to verify vessels for hire are properly licensed
CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. — The Coast Guard is encouraging tourists in Chincoteague this summer to check that charter boat captains are licensed and operating a vessel inspected by the Coast Guard. Coast Guard personnel will continue to focus on enforcing federal regulations intended to ensure public safety. Coast Guard law enforcement boat crews will board vessels and cite charters that do not have licensed...

Coast Guard stresses boating safety, distress signal awareness

Coast Guard stresses boating safety, distress signal awareness
Infographic courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary CLEVELAND — The Coast Guard is reminding mariners to think safety first for the coming boating season following multiple reports of hundreds of red blinking lights on Lake Erie, most recently Tuesday evening. The lights are actually from windmills located along the Canadian shoreline and can become visible if the atmospheric conditions are right. While...

Multiple weekend rescues prompt Coast Guard warning about cold water

Multiple weekend rescues prompt Coast Guard warning about cold water
USCG File Photo CHICAGO — The Coast Guard is reminding people who plan to recreate outdoors about the continued dangers of cold water despite warmer air temperatures. As temperatures approached 80 degrees in some areas of the Midwest Saturday and Sunday, people took to the water, and the Coast Guard responded to multiple cases on the Great Lakes involving boaters in distress, including four people...

Coast Guard urges boaters to practice safe boating as temperatures rise

Coast Guard urges boaters to practice safe boating as temperatures rise
USCG File Photo NEW YORK – After a busy holiday weekend, the Coast Guard urges mariners to be well prepared before heading out on the water. As temperatures rise, extra diligence is required to assure that all safety precautions are followed that can increase your chances of survival. Several cases occurred over the past weekend that demonstrate the importance of safety equipment and procedures. Between...

Coast Guard urges boating safety common sense

Coast Guard urges boating safety common sense
Boston – The Coast Guard is reminding mariners Friday that as the air temperature is warming the water temperatures are still dangerously cold. With the rise in air temperature, the number of boaters, paddle craft users, and water enthusiasts taking to water activities also rises. Locally, water temperatures are still as low as 40 degrees. At this temperature, an average person who ends up in the...

Response continues to vessel taking on water on Ohio River

Response continues to vessel taking on water on Ohio River
UTV Mike A. Nadicksbernd allided with Lock and Dam 52 on the Ohio River and is taking on water. The cause of the incident is under investigation. U.S. Coast Guard photo NEW ORLEANS – The Unified Command is continuing its response to the UTV Mike A. Nadicksbernd taking on water at Lock and Dam 52 on the Ohio River, Friday. The vessel has approximately 47,000 gallons of diesel on board. Lightering...

Coast Guard warns of forecasted heavy weather in San Francisco Bay area

Coast Guard warns of forecasted heavy weather in San Francisco Bay area
USCG File Photo ALAMEDA, Calif. — The Coast Guard urges mariners to boat with caution or avoid the water altogether as weekend weather forecasts call for heavy seas and strong winds. With waves forecasted to reach 17 feet and winds expected to exceed 45 mph, boaters should check weather conditions before leaving the dock and wear a life jacket at all times if they choose to get underway. Hazardous...

Coast Guard urges people to avoid Lake Michigan shoreline due to high winds and heavy surf

Coast Guard urges people to avoid Lake Michigan shoreline due to high winds and heavy surf
U.S. Coast Guard File Photo CHICAGO — The Coast Guard, in advance of predicted high winds and heavy surf during the next two days, is advising the public to exercise caution, heed heavy surf warnings, and avoid the shorelines of Lake Michigan. People are urged to remain vigilant and stay away from beaches and off of rocks, jetties and piers as high winds out of the north-northeast are expected to...

Coast Guard urges mariners to secure vessels; prevent hazards to navigation

Coast Guard urges mariners to secure vessels; prevent hazards to navigation
A capsized and unmanned, adrift boat floats in the Sheboygan River near Sheboygan, Wisconsin, March 31, 2017.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo) MILWAUKEE – The Coast Guard is urging mariners to ensure their vessels are properly secured to docks, piers and moorings to help prevent boats from accidentally breaking away, Monday. “In the past two months, our crews have responded to six unmanned and adrift...