Coast Guard reminds boaters tribal, Canadian marinas remain off limits

Coast Guard reminds boaters tribal, Canadian marinas remain off limits
SEATTLE — The Coast Guard reminds recreational boaters that some tribal and Canadian marinas remain closed to limit the spread of COVID-19. The order remains in effect despite the reopening of Washington state boat ramps and recreational fishing, which is important when planning recreational fishing and boating voyages this season. As of this date, the Makah Reservation and Neah Bay remain closed...

Coast Guard interdicts lancha crews illegally fishing US waters

Coast Guard interdicts lancha crews illegally fishing US waters
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Coast Guard law enforcement crews detected and interdicted four Mexican lancha boat crews engaged in illegal fishing in federal waters off the coast of southern Texas Tuesday. Coast Guard crews consisting of air support and four boat crews interdicted four lanchas with 19 fishermen engaged in illegal fishing and seized approximately 3,000 lbs of red snapper and 11 sharks. “The...

Coast Guard busts 8 illegal charters in South Florida during holiday weekend

Coast Guard busts 8 illegal charters in South Florida during holiday weekend
MIAMI — The Coast Guard halted eight illegal charters in South Florida President’s Day weekend. Coast Guard Stations Miami Beach and St. Petersburg law enforcement crews boarded multiple vessels and discovered these owners and operators were operating as illegal charters. Two of the operators violated Captain of the Port orders, which is a federal offense. Coast Guard Station Miami Beach and...

Coast Guard Captain of the Port Order violated, vessel terminated near Tampa

Coast Guard Captain of the Port Order violated, vessel terminated near Tampa
A Coast Guard Station St. Petersburg along with a law enforcement team terminated the voyage of  a 29-foot personal vessel Friday after determining it violated a Captain of the Port Order near Courtney Campbell Causeway. The vessel had eight passengers-for-hire who paid about $200 upfront for their charter. ( U.S. Coast Guard photo). ST. PETERSBURG, Fla – The Coast Guard terminated an illegal...

Coast Guard stops illegal passenger operation near Rincon, Puerto Rico

Coast Guard stops illegal passenger operation near Rincon, Puerto Rico
A Coast Guard Cutter Richard Dixon crewmember aboard the 32-foot Going Deep dive boat assesses the vessel’s passenger-for-hire operation during a boarding Feb. 7, 2021 near Rincon, Puerto Rico.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo) SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The Coast Guard Cutter Richard Dixon and Sector San Juan marine investigators terminated an illegal passenger-for-hire operation Sunday for the 32-foot...

Coast Guard terminates vessel voyage after violation of Captain of the Port Order

Coast Guard terminates vessel voyage after violation of Captain of the Port Order
MIAMI — A Coast Guard Station Miami law enforcement team terminated the voyage of the 42-foot vessel Crescendo Friday after determining it violated a Captain of the Port Order near Miami Beach Marina. Owners and operators failing to comply with a federal Captain of the Port Order can face over $95,000 in criminal penalties. The vessel had 13 people aboard: two crew and 11 passengers-for-hire who...

Coast Guard assesses civil penalty to illegal charter operator near Orange Beach, Ala.

Coast Guard assesses civil penalty to illegal charter operator near Orange Beach, Ala.
NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard assessed a $3,000 civil penalty on Nov. 5, 2020, to a mariner found to be operating an illegal charter vessel near Orange Beach, Alabama. Orange Beach Police initially contacted Coast Guard Sector Mobile on May 23, 2020, with concerns of a suspected illegal passenger for hire operation in the area after seeing multiple advertisements on social media. The voyage was terminated,...

Coast Guard seeks assistance identifying vessel,involved in hit and run U.S. Virgin Islands

Coast Guard seeks assistance identifying vessel,involved in hit and run U.S. Virgin Islands
Damage caused to the bow of an aluminum skiff that was struck by a white hulled center console vessel during a hit and run incident Jan. 24, 2021 in Cruz Harbor in St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands.  (Courtesy photo) ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands — Coast Guard marine investigators are seeking the public’s assistance to help identify the operator of a suspect vessel, a white-hulled center console...

Maine man charged with false distress call to Coast Guard

Maine man charged with false distress call to Coast Guard
ROCKLAND, MAINE — Nathan Libby, of Rockland, has been charged with making a false distress call to the Coast Guard on December 3rd, 2020 via VHF-FM radio channel 16. Based on the call, the Coast Guard initiated a search spanning more than five hours, which included the use of a local Coast Guard vessel, a Maine Marine Patrol vessel, and a helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod. A criminal...