Coast Guard terminates 2 passenger vessels’ voyages

ST. LOUIS – The Coast Guard terminated the voyages of two charter vessels on Lake of the Ozarks, one on Aug. 17 and the other on Aug. 18, because the vessels exceeded the legal limit of 12 passengers.

The basic laws and definitions governing charter services can be found in Title 46 United States Code 2101(35) and Title 46 Code of Federal Regulations 175.400.

“Boating safety and legal chartering operations remain top Coast Guard priorities along our waterway system,” said Capt. Scott Stoermer, the captain of the port for Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River. “Given the inherently elevated risks that come with congestion along Lake of the Ozarks in summer months, continued education and law enforcement presence are important elements to best ensure an enjoyable time on the water is also a safe one.”

Both cases are under investigation.

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