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, local agencies suspend search for missing kayaker

Coast Guard, local agencies suspend search for missing kayaker
NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard suspended the search for a missing person in the water on the Upper Mississippi River near mile marker 175, near Reidy Terminals, Missouri, Thursday. The search for the 29-year-old man was suspended at 9:49 p.m., Thursday after the Coast Guard and local agencies searched from mile marker 149 to mile marker 175 for approximately 17 hours. The missing man was reported...

Coast Guard closes portion of Upper Mississippi River

Coast Guard closes portion of Upper Mississippi River
HANNIBAL, Mo. — The U.S. Coast Guard closed a portion of the Upper Mississippi River due to dredging operations, Friday. The Upper Mississippi River is closed to all vessel traffic from mile marker 306.4 to mile marker 306.6, near Hannibal. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has begun emergency dredging after a vessel ran aground in the vicinity, Friday. The Coast Guard urges mariners to monitor VHF-FM...

Coast Guard reopens Upper Mississippi River

Coast Guard reopens Upper Mississippi River
ST. LOUIS- The Coast Guard reopened the Upper Mississippi River, from MM 165 to MM 176 at 4:02 p.m., Saturday. The closure was a result of a 116 barge break away in St. Louis Harbor earlier this morning. The barge fleeting areas and facilities are in consultation with Coast Guard to develop the safe and effective process to restage the fleeting areas, and maintain the navigation of the channel. The...

Coast Guard responds to barge breakaway on the Upper Mississippi River

Coast Guard responds to barge breakaway on the Upper Mississippi River
ST. LOUIS – The Coast Guard Captain of the Port St. Louis set a safety zone on the Mississippi River in response to 116 barges breaking away from their moorings, Saturday. The safety zone extends from MM 165 to MM 176.  The waterway is closed to all vessels except those directly involved in the recovery efforts. At approximately 6:53 a.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi...

Coast Guard reopens Upper Mississippi River near St. Louis

Coast Guard reopens Upper Mississippi River near St. Louis
ST. LOUIS — The Coast Guard reopened the Upper Mississippi River near St. Louis to recreational vessel traffic, Monday. The Coast Guard closed the river to all recreational traffic on Friday between Lock and Dam 27 in Granite City, Illinois and the Jefferson Barrack Bridge in St. Louis due to extreme high water. The river in St. Louis crested late Friday at nearly 31 feet. “Although the river...

Coast Guard urges caution on upper Mississippi River

Coast Guard urges caution on upper Mississippi River
ST. LOUIS, Mo. — The Coast Guard urges boaters to use extreme caution on the upper Mississippi River. Heavy rains and high waters have deposited large amounts of debris into the river creating unsafe boating conditons. Lock 11 near Dubuque, Iowa, through Lock 22 near Hannibal, Mo., are closed. The Coast Guard would like to remind boater’s of the following: Boaters can be held responsible...