Coast Guard warns boaters of potential hazards due to NOLA Navy Week

NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard is advising the boating community to use extreme caution on the Mississippi River during the NOLA Navy Week and Tall Ships events in New Orleans.

Due to spring snow melt, the Mississippi River has crested in a high-water state increasing the risk of strong currents and floating debris making the river more hazardous to recreational boaters.

A large number of vessels and ships are scheduled to be in the New Orleans area for the NOLA Navy Week and Tall Ships. The Coast Guard is asking all boaters to exercise extreme caution before making plans to get underway and maintain situational awareness when transiting the river. All attractions can be accessed shore side from Friday, April 20, through Monday, April 23, at Woldenburg Park, Julia Street Wharf and Thalia Street Wharf.

The Coast Guard highly encourages boaters to wear life jackets and to maintain all other necessary
boating safety requirements.

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