Coast Guard Flood Punt Teams rescue more than 100 people in Jacksonville

Coast Guard Flood Punt Teams rescue more than 100 people in Jacksonville
Coast Guard Flood Punt Teams conduct rescue operations in Jacksonville, Florida, Sept. 11, 2017.  (U.S. Coast Guard courtesy photo) JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Coast Guard Flood Punt Teams rescued more than 100 people Monday in Jacksonville. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1461251439213-0'); }); The Coast Guard has deployed assets and resources from across the...

Unified Command continues sunken vessel response

Unified Command continues sunken vessel response
A unified command responds to a sunken vessel at mile marker 9.7 on the Upper Mississippi River near Cairo, Illinois, July 9, 2017.  (Photo courtesy of Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Paducah) NEW ORLEANS – The Unified Command continues to respond to a sunken vessel at mile marker 9.7 on the Upper Mississippi River near Cairo, Illinois. An unknown amount of diesel was discharged from the vessel,...

Unified Command responds to sunken vessel

Unified Command responds to sunken vessel
NEW ORLEANS – A Unified Command has been established in response to a sunken vessel at mile marker 9.7 on the Upper Mississippi River near Cairo, Illinois, Sunday. The UC consists of the Coast Guard, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, and Tennessee Valley Towing. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Paducah, Kentucky, were notified at approximately midnight of the towing vessel...

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 oversees recovery of sunken barge after allision

Coast Guard oversees recovery of sunken barge after allision
NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard continues to respond to an allision resulting in a multiple barge breakaway and two sunken barges on the Mississippi River near Thebes, Illinois, Saturday. Salvage operations for the barge resting against the Thebes Railroad Bridge began Saturday morning. The barge was recovered Saturday afternoon and moved outside the channel. A salvage plan is being reviewed for...

Coast Guard response to barge breakaway on Mississippi River continues

Coast Guard response to barge breakaway on Mississippi River continues
NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard continues to respond to an allision resulting in a multiple barge breakaway and two sunken barges on the Mississippi River near Thebes, Illinois. The Captain of the Port Ohio Valley is allowing towing vessels, with reduced tow sizes, to transit the safety zone during daylight hours via one-way traffic, after they coordinate the transit with Coast Guard Marine Safety...

Coast Guard continues response to barge breakaway on Mississippi River

Coast Guard continues response to barge breakaway on Mississippi River
NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard continues to respond to an allision resulting in a barge breakaway on the Mississippi River near Thebes, Illinois, Wednesday. An Incident Command Post has been established at Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Paducah. Lt. Cmdr. Heather Stratton is the Incident Commander. Initially the river was closed from mile marker 44 to mile marker 30 on the Mississippi River. The Mississippi...

Coast Guard responds to Ohio River towing vessel sinking

Coast Guard responds to Ohio River towing vessel sinking
GOLCONDA, Ill. — The Coast Guard is responding to the sinking of a towing vessel on the Ohio River near Golconda, Illinois, Wednesday. Coast Guard Sector Ohio River Valley watchstanders were notified the towing vessel David Dunnigan sank while working near mile marker 897.5, at approximately 8 p.m. The David Dunnigan reportedly capsized, sank and drifted down river.  The exact location of the sunken...

Coast Guard responds to Ohio River barge collision

Coast Guard responds to Ohio River barge collision
JOPPA, Ill. — The Coast Guard is responding to a barge collision on the Ohio River near Joppa, Illinois, Wednesday. Coast Guard Sector Ohio Valley watchstanders were notified a collision took place between the towing vessel Christina Belcher, pushing two crude oil barges, and a loaded sand barge in a fleeting area at mile marker 952, at around 3 a.m. There were no reported injuries. One of the oil...