Coast Guard flood teams assist with hurricane responses

Coast Guard flood teams assist with hurricane responses
A Coast Guard flood punt team assists with search and rescue efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Hastings, Florida, Sept. 12, 2017.  (U.S. Coast Guard courtesy photo by Chief Warrant Officer Andrew Matthews) MEMPHIS, Tenn.- Members from Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi River assisted with Hurricane Harvey response efforts and now many of them are in Jacksonville, Florida, assisting for...

Coast Guard suspends search for three people near Memphis

Coast Guard suspends search for three people near Memphis
USCG MH-65 File Photo NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard suspended its search for three people on the Lower Mississippi River near Memphis, Tenn., Thursday. Coast Guard crews and local agencies searched approximately 507 square miles for 35 hours with negative results for the unconfirmed people in the water. Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi River watchstanders received a MAYDAY broadcast at 7:04 p.m....

Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi River holds change of command

Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi River holds change of command
Capt. Roxanne Tamez relieved Capt. Timothy J. Wendt as commander of Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi River in an official change-of- command ceremony, June 14, 2017. (Photo by U.S. Coast Guard) NEW ORLEANS – Capt. Roxanne Tamez relieved Capt. Timothy J. Wendt as commander of Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi River in an official change-of- command ceremony, Wednesday. Wendt assumed command...

Coast Guard searching for three people near Memphis

Coast Guard searching for three people near Memphis
USCG File Photo NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard is searching for three people on the Lower Mississippi River near Memphis, Tenn., Wednesday. Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi River watchstanders received a MAYDAY broadcast at 7:04 p.m. Tuesday stating three people aboard a jon boat hit a submerged object and began taking on water near mile marker 744 on the Lower Mississippi River. Involved in the...

Coast Guard responds to sinking vessel

Coast Guard responds to sinking vessel
Members from Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Fort Smith investigate a partially submerged unclassified construction vessel near Fort Smith, Arkansas, March 27, 2017. (Coast Guard photo by Marine Safety Detachment Fort Smith) NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard is responding to a report of a partially submerged unclassified construction vessel at mile marker 300 on the Arkansas River near Fort Smith,...

Coast Guard responds to a partially submerged towing vessel

Coast Guard responds to a partially submerged towing vessel
NEW ORLEANS—The towing vessel, Sonny J, has been raised and dewatered after it was partially submerged on the Lower Mississippi River near Vidalia, Louisiana, Sunday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi River received a report at approximately 3 a.m. that the towing vessel, Sonny J, was partially submerged near Vidalia, Louisiana, with approximately 4,000 gallons of diesel fuel...

Coast Guard responds to partially submerged towing vessel

Coast Guard responds to partially submerged towing vessel
NEW ORLEANS—The Coast Guard is responding to a partially submerged towing vessel on the Lower Mississippi River near Vidalia, Louisiana, Sunday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi River received a report at approximately 3 a.m. that the towing vessel, Sonny J, was partially submerged near Vidalia, Louisiana, with approximately 4,000 gallons of diesel fuel on board. The vessel’s...

Flood Punt Teams: Small Boats, Big Mission

Flood Punt Teams: Small Boats, Big Mission
Coast Guard Chief Jonathan Tatroe and Petty Officer 1st Class John True, members of Western River Flood Punt Team with Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi River in Memphis, Tennessee, patrol a flooded neighborhood in Fair Bluff, North Carolina, October 10, 2016. Coast Guard Photo by Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class John True Despite the blue sky and bright sun blazing cheerily overhead, the Pender...

Coast Guard closes Red River due to barge aground

Coast Guard closes Red River due to barge aground
NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard has closed the Red River from mile marker 40 to mile marker 42, Sunday. A barge reportedly ran aground and is protruding into the channel near mile marker 41. The river is closed to all vessels and any request to transit the river prior to re-opening should be directed to Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi River on VHF-FM Channel 16. The Red River Express is en route...