Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary, local law enforcment partner for Gasparilla Safety

d7TAMPA, Fla. — Crews from the Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission worked with local law enforcement agencies to keep waterways safe during the 2015 Gasparilla Parade and Pirate Festival in the Port of Tampa, Saturday.

Agency crewmembers patrolled the water along the parade route, and played a major role in educating boaters of no-wake zones, restricted areas, boating under the influence and basic boating safety throughout the day.

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Alligator patrols during the annual Gasparilla parade in Tampa, Fla., Saturday Jan. 31, 2015. Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers partnered with local law enforcement agencies to maintain marine safety during the event. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Auxiliarist Franco Ripple)

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Alligator patrols during the annual Gasparilla parade in Tampa, Fla., Saturday Jan. 31, 2015. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Auxiliarist Franco Ripple)

 

“A large multi-agency effort goes into the preparation for this event,” said Lt. Holly Deal, the deputy chief of response at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, Florida. “While the event is a lot of fun, it can also be very dangerous if you don’t take the steps to protect yourself, others and the environment. It is our job, while working with our partner agencies, to ensure safety measures are met.”

In addition to vessel safety and security, Coast Guard Auxiliary crews assisted in the manatee watch program for the safety of marine wildlife.

“The Gasparilla marine parade draws thousands of recreational boaters and spectators each year,” said Capt. Gregory Case, commander of Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg. “Safety is our top priority for the event. Our crews worked cohesively with our law enforcment partners to ensure boaters had a safe and fun experience while enjoying the parade.”

Click the photo for more from the festival.


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