Coast Guard shallow water response teams deploy to Covington, Louisiana

Coast Guard shallow water response teams deploy to Covington, Louisiana
A shallow water response team from Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Paducah prepares flood response gear in Covington, Louisiana, July 12, 2019. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Travis Magee) COVINGTON, La. – Three shallow water response teams have deployed and pre-staged in Covington, Louisiana, ready to respond after Tropical Storm Barry makes landfall, Friday. Three additional...

Coast Guard responds to diesel spill near Paducah, Kentucky

Coast Guard responds to diesel spill near Paducah, Kentucky
NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard is responding to a diesel oil spill in the Tennessee River near Paducah, Kentucky, Tuesday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Ohio Valley received a report at 8:27 a.m. that the vessel Patricia I. Hart, while being transported by an assist tug to a dry dock, hit a pier at James Marine Inc., at mile marker 4.5 on the Tennessee River. The pier cut a small gash in the...

Coast Guard responds to sunken vessel on Tennessee River

Coast Guard responds to sunken vessel on Tennessee River
NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard is responding to a sunken towing vessel near the Kentucky Lock and Dam on the Tennessee River, Tuesday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Ohio Valley received a report at approximately 10 p.m. Monday that the inspected towing vessel Tom Bussler capsized at mile marker 15 on the Tennessee River. The inspected towing vessel George Leavell recovered the two crewmembers...

Coast Guard responding to sunken vessel on Ohio River

Coast Guard responding to sunken vessel on Ohio River
NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard responded to a sunken vessel at mile marker 980 on the Ohio River near Cairo, Illinois, Friday. Coast Guard Sector Ohio Valley watchstanders received a report at 3:50 p.m. about the uninspected towing vessel Charley Wallace being fully submerged inside the channel on the Ohio River. The Coast Guard has issued a waterway restriction between mile marker 979 and mile marker...

Coast Guard Flood Punt Teams rescue more than 100 people in Jacksonville

Coast Guard Flood Punt Teams rescue more than 100 people in Jacksonville
Coast Guard Flood Punt Teams conduct rescue operations in Jacksonville, Florida, Sept. 11, 2017.  (U.S. Coast Guard courtesy photo) JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Coast Guard Flood Punt Teams rescued more than 100 people Monday in Jacksonville. The Coast Guard has deployed assets and resources from across the country to assist in rescue operations for Hurricane Irma. Flood Punt Team from Coast Guard Marine...

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

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 oversees recovery of sunken barge after allision

Coast Guard oversees recovery of sunken barge after allision
NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard continues to respond to an allision resulting in a multiple barge breakaway and two sunken barges on the Mississippi River near Thebes, Illinois, Saturday. Salvage operations for the barge resting against the Thebes Railroad Bridge began Saturday morning. The barge was recovered Saturday afternoon and moved outside the channel. A salvage plan is being reviewed for...