Coast Guard cautions boaters of unsafe reef lights in Florida Keys

Coast Guard cautions boaters of unsafe reef lights in Florida Keys
MIAMI — The Coast Guard is directing mariners to not climb historical reef lights in the Florida Keys due to their deterioration and unsound structural integrity. These lights include:  Alligator Reef Light  American Shoal Reef Light  Carysfort Reef Light  Sand Key Reef Light  Sombrero Key Reef Light While these structures are not at risk of collapsing, they have been determined to be unsafe...

Coast Guard urges boaters to be safe this lobster mini-season

Coast Guard urges boaters to be safe this lobster mini-season
MIAMI — The Coast Guard is reminding the diving and boating community to be safe this lobster mini-season, which begins at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday and ends at midnight Thursday. The lobster mini-season brings a significant increase in the number of boaters and divers in Florida’s coastal waters, which can also lead to an increase in accidents. Safety tips to remember before and during a dive: Check...

Six Barrels of Oiled Debris Cleaned off Islamadora Beach

ISLAMORADA, Fla. — The Coast Guard received a report of tar balls in Islamorada Wednesday. The Coast Guard, in conjunction with interagency partners including the Department of Environmental Protection and NOAA.  Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, responded, verified the report, and initiated cleanup operations using a pre-identified pollution response contractor under the provisions of...

Coast Guard responds to 477-foot cargo ship disabled and adrift near Florida Keys

.The salvage vessel Resolve Pioneer tows the 477-foot bulk cargo ship Ainu Princess away from the Dry Tortugas. U.S. Coast Guard photo.KEY WEST, Fla. – Key West-based Coast Guard units responded to a 477-foot bulk cargo ship Friday that lost propulsion about 42 miles southwest of the Dry Tortugas, Fla., and was drifting with the possibility of running aground. At approximately 10:45 p.m. Thursday,...

Coast Guard removes oil from grounded vessel on Grecian Rocks

KEY WEST, Fla. – Coast Guard and oil spill contractors safely removed oil from the 49-foot pleasure craft vessel LISERN II Friday that ran aground Sunday on Grecian Rocks in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

Vessel Remains aground in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

Key West, Fla. – The 49-foot pleasure craft vessel LISERN II remains aground Tuesday on Grecian Rocks in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.