Coast Guard responds to 1 fatality, 4 illegal operations near Miami

Coast Guard responds to 1 fatality, 4 illegal operations near Miami
The 53-foot vessel, FL6464RF, is moored near the Miami River, Florida, May 21, 2022. The vessel was operating as an illegal small passenger vessel. (U.S. Coast Guard photo) MIAMI — Coast Guard and Miami law enforcement crews responded to one fatality and stopped four passenger for hire operations, this past weekend, off south Florida’s coast. A Coast Guard Sector Miami boarding team and a Sector...

Coast Guard terminates illegal charter near Houston

Coast Guard terminates illegal charter near Houston
Houston Police Department personnel arrest the captain of an illegal charter operation as part of a Coast Guard and partner agency joint operation and investigation on Clear Lake in Kemah, Texas, May 18, 2022.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo) HOUSTON — Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston, Coast Guard Station Houston, Coast Guard Investigative Service, Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, Harris County...

Coast Guard concludes investigation of safety zone violation

Coast Guard concludes investigation of safety zone violation
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. ─ The Coast Guard has concluded its investigation regarding the cruise ship Harmony of the Seas’ unauthorized entry into a safety zone established by the Captain of the Port of Jacksonville on January 30, 2022. The Coast Guard establishes and enforces safety zones in accordance with Title 46 U.S.C. § 70002 and 70036. When these zones are violated, the Coast Guard may pursue...

Coast Guard terminates three illegal charter vessels in San Diego Bay

Coast Guard terminates three illegal charter vessels in San Diego Bay
SAN DIEGO — Coast Guard Sector San Diego personnel terminated three illegal charter boats operating in San Diego Bay over the weekend. Sector San Diego boarding team members and investigators identified three illegal charter boats operating in the bay and terminated all three voyages due to unsafe overloading conditions, insufficient lifesaving equipment and failure to provide a qualified or licensed...

Coast Guard suspends illegal charter near Destin, Fla.

Coast Guard suspends illegal charter near Destin, Fla.
NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard and Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office suspended an illegal charter operation Sunday near Destin Pass, Fla. The illegal passenger-for-hire operation was terminated after determining the vessel was carrying more than six passengers without a valid Certificate of Inspection. The captain was arrested by Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office after suspicion of boating...

US, Philippines host maritime law enforcement forum in Guam

US, Philippines host maritime law enforcement forum in Guam
Rear Adm. Peter Gautier, deputy commander of U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Area and Rear Adm. Charles Fosse, director of Joint Interagency Task Force-West, during the 8th annual Southeast Asia Maritime Law Enforcement Initiative Commanders’ Forum in Tumon, Guam, April 6, 2022.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Senior Chief Petty Officer Lauren Jorgensen) TUMON, Guam – Senior leaders and policy makers...

Coast Guard, FWC terminate illegal charter in Clearwater

Coast Guard, FWC terminate illegal charter in Clearwater
The Coast Guard and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission terminated an illegal small passenger vessel charter in Clearwater, Florida, Feb. 11, 2022. After investigation, the Coast Guard officer terminated the vessel’s voyage as the operator was not enrolled in a drug testing consortium, and the charter was overloaded. U.S. Coast Guard courtesy photo. ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. —The Coast...

Coast Guard seeks legal action against credentials of 2 jet boat operators

Coast Guard seeks legal action against credentials of 2 jet boat operators
SEATTLE — The Coast Guard has initiated administrative action related to the mariner credentials of two jet boat operators involved in a collision that occurred on the Willamette River on June 4, 2021. The jet boats, Peregrine Falcon and Osprey, collided near Hog Island as the vessels came around a bend in the channel where an obstruction prevented the vessel captains from seeing each other and resulted...

Coast Guard interdicts 5 lancha crews illegally fishing US waters

Coast Guard interdicts 5 lancha crews illegally fishing US waters
The Coast Guard Daniel Tarr at Sector Field Office Galveston, Texas. U.S. Coast Guard file photo by Sector Houston-Galveston Drone Team. CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Multiple Coast Guard law enforcement crews detected and interdicted five Mexican lancha boat crews engaged in illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing activities in federal waters off the coast of southern Texas, Dec. 23, 2021. Coast Guard...