Coast Guard sees uptick in illegal charters following Hurricane Sally

Coast Guard sees uptick in illegal charters following Hurricane Sally
NEW ORLEANS – Coast Guard Sector Mobile issued a Marine Safety Information Bulletin addressing the increase in unregulated ferry crossings within the Sector Mobile Inspection Zone, Friday. Some roads leading off of barrier islands near Pensacola, Florida, are closed due to impacts from Hurricane Sally, creating an increased demand for alternate methods of transportation. However, recreational...

Coast Guard rescues father and son offshore Destin, Florida

Coast Guard rescues father and son offshore Destin, Florida
Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat-Medium file photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Christopher Dougherty NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard rescued a father and son in the water Thursday evening near Destin Harbor, Florida. Rescued was Chris Best, 52, and his 4-year-old son. Both were recovered and returned to shore with no reported injuries. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Mobile received a report at...

Coast Guard continues Hurricane Sally response operations

Coast Guard continues Hurricane Sally response operations
Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi River Shallow Water Rescue Teams assisted Escambia County Emergency Management with search and rescue efforts on Inneratity Island, Florida checking on the local residents affected by Hurricane Sally (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Sydney Phoenix) NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard is continuing its Hurricane Sally response operations Friday following...

Coast Guard continues to monitor Hurricane Sally, pre-stage response teams

Coast Guard continues to monitor Hurricane Sally, pre-stage response teams
Members from Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi River readies supplies in preparation for Hurricane Sally in Hattiesburg, Miss., September 15, 2020.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Sydney Phoenix) NEW ORLEANS — Coast Guard crews in the Gulf Coast region continue to monitor Hurricane Sally and pre-stage response crews and equipment Tuesday. Aircraft, boats and personnel are...

Coast Guard units prepare for Hurricane Sally

Coast Guard units prepare for Hurricane Sally
A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk Helicopter arrives from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, at Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans, September 14, 2020.  (U.S Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class John Michelli) NEW ORLEANS — Coast Guard personnel in the Gulf Coast region spent Monday preparing assets in advance of Hurricane Sally. Coast Guard assets across the region were repositioned and pre-staged...

Coast Guard rescues overdue mariner near Dauphin Island, Alabama

Coast Guard rescues overdue mariner near Dauphin Island, Alabama
Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter file photo NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard rescued a man on an overdue personal watercraft near Dauphin Island, Alabama, Sunday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Mobile received a report from Baldwin County 911 at approximately 8:50 p.m. that the father of the reporting party had taken a personal watercraft from Fort Morgan toward Dauphin...

Coast Guard enforces safety, illegal charter regulations in Destin, Florida

Coast Guard enforces safety, illegal charter regulations in Destin, Florida
NEW ORLEANS — Coast Guard Sector Mobile partnered with the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office to conduct safety boardings over the Labor Day Weekend. Sector Mobile conducted 22 vessel boardings, 18 of which were found to be operating unsafely and illegally. “It is every mariner’s responsibility to ensure the safe operation of their vessel on the water,” said Lt. Cmdr. Kathleen Sullivan, chief...

Coast Guard responding to diesel spill near Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Coast Guard responding to diesel spill near Ocean Springs, Mississippi
NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard is responding Sunday following reports of a diesel spill that occurred in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Mobile received a report at approximately 4:30 p.m., Sunday, of a possibly abandoned and partially sunken vessel in Fort Bayou leaking diesel fuel. Two Coast Guard pollution responders from Sector Mobile are on scene. The Coast Guard...

Coast Guard rescues 3 adults, 1 child near Biloxi, Mississippi

Coast Guard rescues 3 adults, 1 child near Biloxi, Mississippi
A member from Coast Guard Sector Mobile’s Incident Management Division surveys the wreckage of shrimping vessel Cajun Made near Biloxi, Mississippi, August 15, 2020. (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy asset) NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard rescued four passengers early Saturday morning from a commercial shrimping vessel taking on water near Biloxi, Mississippi. Three adults and one child were recovered...