Marine Safety Unit Valdez encourages mariners to help keep Alaskan waterways safe

17th Coast Guard District NewsVALDEZ, Alaska — Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Valdez personnel are encouraging mariners, waterfront business owners, and anyone who lives, works or engages in recreational activities around Alaskan waterways to help keep the areas safe and secure by participating in the Coast Guard America’s Waterway Watch program.

MSU Valdez personnel urge mariners, who participate in the program, to adopt a heightened sense of awareness toward unusual events or individuals they may encounter in or around ports, docks, marinas, riversides, beaches, or waterfront communities and report suspicious activities to local law enforcement or the Coast Guard National Response Center.

The Coast Guard National Response Center accepts, analyzes and responds appropriately to reports of suspicious activity provided by the public. The America’s Waterway Watch outreach program is a nationwide partnership initiative that was established in 2006 as a result of the attacks against our country on September 11, 2001.

To make a report contact the National Response Center’s toll free numbers at 1-800-424-8802 or 877-24-WATCH. For immediate danger to life or property, call 911 or the Coast Guard on VHF-FM radio channel 16.

For more information contact Lt. j.g. Allie Ferko at 907-835-7209 or visit the America’s Waterways Watch website here.

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