National Safe Boating Week kicks off Saturday

National Safe Boating Week kicks off Saturday
CLEVELAND, Ohio – The annual National Safe Boating Week safety campaign kicks off Saturday, and Coast Guard units and Auxiliary flotillas all across the Great Lakes are planning to host events and highlight the importance of boating safety throughout the week leading up to Memorial Day weekend. Saturday is also the Ready, Set, Wear It! Life Jacket World Record Day, when thousands of people from around...

Coast Guard focusing on paddle craft safety as 2017 priority

Coast Guard focusing on paddle craft safety as 2017 priority
BOSTON — The First Coast Guard District, spanning from Maine to Northern New Jersey, is promoting greater paddlecraft safety awareness during the 2017 boating season in the Northeast, where paddlecraft fatalities have skyrocketed. In 2016, the Northeast saw 28 paddler deaths, more than double the national average according to preliminary data. “Multiple factors affect boating statistics from...

Video: Two drown in car after it drives off Florida jetty into inlet

Video: Two drown in car after it drives off Florida jetty into inlet
_informq.push(['embed']);   A daughter and father are dead today after their van crashed through a bench then moved into the water by a jetty off Venice, Florida. A video posted to Facebook Tuesday details events as rescuers from the shore and the waterway do everything in their power to save the elderly duo. Unfortunately, swift currents proved too strong for Good Samaritans. According to the...

Coast Guard opens Upper Mississippi River to all traffic

Coast Guard opens Upper Mississippi River to all traffic
ST. LOUIS – The Coast Guard reopened the Upper Mississippi River near St. Louis, Monday. Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River reopened the Upper Mississippi River from mile marker 185.4 to mile marker 179 with restrictions in place until the river returns to normal levels. “Although the river is reopened to vessel traffic, the water levels are still unusually high and carry additional associated...

Coast Guard reopens waterway near Sabula Railroad Bridge

Coast Guard reopens waterway near Sabula Railroad Bridge
NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard reopened a waterway closure near Clinton, Iowa, Saturday. The Sabula Railroad Bridge at mile marker 535 on the Upper Mississippi River has been reopened to all marine traffic. Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River watchstanders received a notification at 11:45 p.m. Friday of the towing vessel DOTTIE STRAIT alliding with a pier protecting the Sabula Railroad Bridge....

Coast Guard closes waterway near Clinton, Iowa after bridge allision

Coast Guard closes waterway near Clinton, Iowa after bridge allision
NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard is reporting a waterway closure after a vessel allided with the bridge near Clinton, Iowa, Friday. Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River watchstanders received a notification at 11:45 p.m. of the towing vessel DOTTIE STRAIT alliding with the Sabula Railroad Bridge at mile marker 535 on the Upper Mississippi River. The bridge will be closed to marine and rail traffic...

Coast Guard closes stretches of Mississippi River to vessel traffic from Chester to Cairo

Coast Guard closes stretches of Mississippi River to vessel traffic from Chester to Cairo
PADUCAH, Ky. – The Coast Guard closed a portion of the Upper Mississippi River to all vessel traffic near Cairo, Ill., Thursday. Coast Guard Sector Ohio Valley has closed traffic at 12:30 p.m. from mile marker 33 (Lens Small Levee) to mile marker 109.9 (Chester Highway Bridge, Ill.), due to high water levels and fast currents. “Our primary goal is to support the states, local community, and our...

Coast Guard warns of laser strikes to commercial vessels in National Capitol Region

Coast Guard warns of laser strikes to commercial vessels in National Capitol Region
BALTIMORE — The Coast Guard is investigating multiple laser strikes during the past month aimed at commercial vessels transiting the Chesapeake Bay and warns the public of this dangerous act. Four incidences occurred early Wednesday morning between midnight and 3 a.m., involving the motor vessels Salome, Bulk Spain, and AM Annaba. Additionally, a pilot vessel was lased as it was on its way back to...

Coast Guard monitoring river levels and deploying flood punts

Coast Guard monitoring river levels and deploying flood punts
USCG File Photo of rescue crews using punts. ST. LOUIS – The Coast Guard is monitoring river levels on the Upper Mississippi, Missouri, Illinois River and their tributaries after a recent storm in the St. Louis area, Tuesday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River in St. Louis have deployed nine flood punt teams to affected areas in support of the local Emergency Operation Centers...