Coast Guard and Bay Area Partners Ensure Safety of San Francisco Bay Protesters

RICHMOND, Calif.- The Coast Guard, along with boat units from Contra Costa county, Alameda county, California Highway Patrol, and Richmond Police Department, kept careful watch over peaceful anti-war protesters on the water in the vicinity of Richmond’s Chevron dock today. As vessels arrived to support the protest, Coast Guard personnel reached out to kayakers and boaters, verbally reminding them of established security zones, and ensuring they had the necessary safety and lifesaving equipment onboard each vessel.

From 9 to 11 a.m., protesters from the Bay Area Peace Navy (BAPN) gathered offshore of Point Richmond as part of a larger initiative by Direct Action to Stop the War (DASW). Earlier in the week, the demonstration organizers formally submitted a request for a Marine Event Permit to the Coast Guard. The cooperation between the Coast Guard and BAPN ensured those on the water were aware of security restrictions and prepared with safety equipment for the event. A designated area was established for today’s protest to keep boaters safe and outside of established shipping lanes.

The Coast Guard had previously established a 100-yard fixed security zone around the facility at Richmond Long Wharf. The zone is normally enforced by members of the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Department, Richmond Police Department, and numerous Coast Guard units due to the high volume of tank vessel traffic in the area.

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