Coast Guard terminates illegal passenger vessel voyage

Coast Guard terminates illegal passenger vessel voyage
ST. LOUIS — The Coast Guard terminated two vessels suspected of illegal charter operations on the Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri, Wednesday. While conducting routine patrols on the Lake of the Ozarks, a Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River 29-foot Response Boat-Small boatcrew determined the vessels were operating with excess passengers. “Passengers should understand safety requirements...

Duck boat salvage operations complete, safety zone no longer in effect

Duck boat salvage operations complete, safety zone no longer in effect
The Coast Guard oversees the removal of Stretch Duck 7 from Table Rock Lake in Branson, Missouri, July 23, 2018.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Lora Ratliff BRANSON, Missouri – Salvage operations to remove Stretch Duck 7 from Table Rock Lake in Branson were completed Monday. Salvage operations, coordinated by Ride the Ducks and overseen by the Coast Guard, successfully removed...

Coast Guard reminds public to watch for illegal passenger vessel operations

Coast Guard reminds public to watch for illegal passenger vessel operations
ST. LOUIS — The Coast Guard is advising the public to be aware of and avoid unlawful vessel charter operations on navigable waterways. The Coast Guard has received reports from reputable sources including prominent members of the maritime community and legal passenger vessel operators about illegal passenger vessels conducting charter operations. Unlawful operations include, but are not limited...

Coast Guard to enforce safety zone during Fair St. Louis

Coast Guard to enforce safety zone during Fair St. Louis
ST. LOUIS — The Coast Guard will implement waterfront safety measures on the Mississippi River during the upcoming Fair St. Louis 4th of July celebration. The safety zone prohibits all commercial and recreational vessel traffic from operating on the Mississippi River between the Poplar Street Bridge at mile marker 179.0 and the Eads Bridge at mile marker 180.0 during air shows and fireworks display. The...

Coast Guard, local agencies search for a possible person in the water

Coast Guard, local agencies search for a possible person in the water
The Coast Guard is searching for a possible person in the water near St. Louis, September 23, 2017. NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard is searching for a possible person in the water near St. Louis, Saturday. Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River received a report from the motor vessel Ms. Shelia that they located a 20-foot red aluminum canoe adrift and unmanned near Merchant’s Bridge at mile marker...

Coast Guard deploys flood punts to assist with Hurricane Irma response

Coast Guard deploys flood punts to assist with Hurricane Irma response
U.S. Coast Guard flood Punt team helps survivors evacuate Houston floods during Hurricane Harvey. Punts are small boats teams respond to floods or natural disasters. ST. LOUIS — Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River is deploying three flood punt teams to assist with Hurricane Irma responses, Friday. The flood punt teams will stage in Mobile, Ala., and remain ready to respond to areas affected...

Coast Guard responds to adrift personal watercraft near Elsberry, Missouri

Coast Guard responds to adrift personal watercraft near Elsberry, Missouri
The Coast Guard is asking the public for any information regarding an adrift personal watercraft that was located near Elsberry, Missouri, August 5, 2017. U.S. Coast Guard photo. NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard is asking the public for any information regarding an adrift personal watercraft that was located near Elsberry, Missouri, Saturday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River...

Coast Guard establishes safety zone on Upper Mississippi River

Coast Guard establishes safety zone on Upper Mississippi River
NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard has established a safety zone closing the Upper Mississippi River between mile marker 722.5 to mile marker 723.5 near Winona, Minnesota, Thursday. The closure is a result of shoaling in the area. The Coast Guard will reopen the channel to traffic after the Army Corps of Engineers dredges and conducts surveys to ensure adquate depths. “This closure is necessary to ensure...

Coast Guard conducts law enforcement boardings on the Lake of the Ozarks

Coast Guard conducts law enforcement boardings on the Lake of the Ozarks
ST. LOUIS – Boarding officers from Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River conducted law enforcement boardings on the Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri, Friday, June 15 through Sunday, June 17. The Coast Guard boarded nine total vessels, five of which were chartered vessels. Each charter operation was found to be operating legally. The boarding teams also assisted the Missouri Water Patrol Division...