Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi River holds change of command

Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi River holds change of command
Capt. Roxanne Tamez relieved Capt. Timothy J. Wendt as commander of Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi River in an official change-of- command ceremony, June 14, 2017. (Photo by U.S. Coast Guard) NEW ORLEANS – Capt. Roxanne Tamez relieved Capt. Timothy J. Wendt as commander of Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi River in an official change-of- command ceremony, Wednesday. Wendt assumed command...

Coast Guard searching for three people near Memphis

Coast Guard searching for three people near Memphis
USCG File Photo NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard is searching for three people on the Lower Mississippi River near Memphis, Tenn., Wednesday. Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi River watchstanders received a MAYDAY broadcast at 7:04 p.m. Tuesday stating three people aboard a jon boat hit a submerged object and began taking on water near mile marker 744 on the Lower Mississippi River. Involved in the...

Coast Guard responds to sinking vessel

Coast Guard responds to sinking vessel
Members from Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Fort Smith investigate a partially submerged unclassified construction vessel near Fort Smith, Arkansas, March 27, 2017. (Coast Guard photo by Marine Safety Detachment Fort Smith) NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard is responding to a report of a partially submerged unclassified construction vessel at mile marker 300 on the Arkansas River near Fort Smith,...

Coast Guard responds to a partially submerged towing vessel

Coast Guard responds to a partially submerged towing vessel
NEW ORLEANS—The towing vessel, Sonny J, has been raised and dewatered after it was partially submerged on the Lower Mississippi River near Vidalia, Louisiana, Sunday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi River received a report at approximately 3 a.m. that the towing vessel, Sonny J, was partially submerged near Vidalia, Louisiana, with approximately 4,000 gallons of diesel fuel...

Coast Guard responds to partially submerged towing vessel

Coast Guard responds to partially submerged towing vessel
NEW ORLEANS—The Coast Guard is responding to a partially submerged towing vessel on the Lower Mississippi River near Vidalia, Louisiana, Sunday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi River received a report at approximately 3 a.m. that the towing vessel, Sonny J, was partially submerged near Vidalia, Louisiana, with approximately 4,000 gallons of diesel fuel on board. The vessel’s...

Flood Punt Teams: Small Boats, Big Mission

Flood Punt Teams: Small Boats, Big Mission
Coast Guard Chief Jonathan Tatroe and Petty Officer 1st Class John True, members of Western River Flood Punt Team with Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi River in Memphis, Tennessee, patrol a flooded neighborhood in Fair Bluff, North Carolina, October 10, 2016. Coast Guard Photo by Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class John True Despite the blue sky and bright sun blazing cheerily overhead, the Pender...

Coast Guard closes Red River due to barge aground

Coast Guard closes Red River due to barge aground
NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard has closed the Red River from mile marker 40 to mile marker 42, Sunday. A barge reportedly ran aground and is protruding into the channel near mile marker 41. The river is closed to all vessels and any request to transit the river prior to re-opening should be directed to Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi River on VHF-FM Channel 16. The Red River Express is en route...

Coast Guard suspends search for 2 on Lower Mississippi River

Coast Guard suspends search for 2 on Lower Mississippi River
NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard suspended their search for two missing boaters in Claiborne County, Miss., around 8:03 p.m., Sunday. Response crews covered 934 river miles, and searched for over 84 hours for the missing boaters. “Our condolences go out to the friends and family of the missing people,” said Capt. Timothy Wendt, Commander, Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi River. “We would...

Coast Guard, locals searching for 2 missing people on the Lower Mississippi River

Coast Guard, locals searching for 2 missing people on the Lower Mississippi River
NEW ORLEANS -The Coast Guard and local rescue agencies are searching for two people in a fishing vessel near mile marker 363 on the Lower Mississippi River, in Claiborne County, Miss., Friday. Watchstanders with Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi River received a report from the Claiborne County Sheriff office at 10:46 a.m., Thursday that a fishing vessel with two people aboard was overdue. Last...