Coast Guard, local law enforcement partner for Gasparilla safety

Coast Guard crew members aboard a 29-foot Response Boat Small-II help enforce safety on the water during the 2016 Jose Gasparilla Pirate Invasion in the Port of Tampa, Fla., Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016. The Coast Guard partnered with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to keep the waterways safe during the parade. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ashley J. Johnson)

Coast Guard crew members aboard a 29-foot Response Boat Small-II help enforce safety on the water during the 2016 Jose Gasparilla Pirate Invasion in the Port of Tampa, Fla. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ashley J. Johnson)

TAMPA, Fla. — Crews from Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, Fla. and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission worked with local law enforcement agencies to keep waterways safe during the 2016 Gasparilla Parade and Pirate Festival in the Port of Tampa, Saturday.

A large multi-agency effort went into the preparation for the event, which included BUI enforcement training focusing on identifying boaters who may be under the influence of alcohol.

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

During the invasion parade today, the Coast Guard Captain of the Port, Capt. Gregory Case, lead a multi-agency team which safely guided the Jose Gaspar into the Port of Tampa.

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