Warnings of illegal passenger vessel operations in Sector Upper Mississippi River

Warnings of illegal passenger vessel operations in Sector Upper Mississippi River
ST. LOUIS – Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River is warning the public to avoid unlawful passenger vessel operations. There are continued reports of illegal commercial vessel services including water taxis, excursion vessels and transportation services reserved via on-line applications in popular tourist locations. Unlawful operations include but are not limited to: googletag.cmd.push(function()...

Coast Guard to Boating Public: It is Best to Wear Your Vest

Coast Guard to Boating Public: It is Best to Wear Your Vest
ST. LOUIS – Spring brings the beginning of the boating season and a reminder from the Coast Guard that boaters are significantly safer in and around the water while wearing lifejackets. Federal Law dictates that all recreational vessels must carry one wearable lifejacket for each person aboard, and any boat 16 feet and longer, with the exception of canoes and kayaks, must also carry one throwable...

Coast Guard responds to barge breakaway on Upper Mississippi River

Coast Guard responds to barge breakaway on Upper Mississippi River
The Coast Guard and local agencies responded to a multi-barge breakaway in the vicinity of mile markers 176 and 177 on the Upper Mississippi River Wednesday, February 12, 2020. NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard and local agencies responded to a multi-barge breakaway in the vicinity of mile markers 176 and 177 on the Upper Mississippi River, Wednesday. Watchstanders at Sector Upper Mississippi River received...

Coast Guard concludes summer 2019 Lake of the Ozarks operations

Coast Guard concludes summer 2019 Lake of the Ozarks operations
ST. LOUIS – The Coast Guard, along with partner agencies, concluded its summer law enforcement effort on Lake of the Ozarks focused on deterring illegal charter operations and promoting safe recreational boating, this week. From June through September, boat crews and investigators from Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River conducted 340 hours of underway patrols, performed 280 vessel boardings...

Coast Guard to set safety zone during Red Bull event in Mississippi River

Coast Guard to set safety zone during Red Bull event in Mississippi River
NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard is scheduled to set safety zones in the Mississippi River, Saturday, near St. Paul, Minnesota during a Red Bull sponsored event. This zone will be in effect on Saturday, September 7, 2019 from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Vessels other than participants and spectators will be unable to transit through the designated spectator area from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. without permission...

Coast Guard begins investigation into three tugboats sinking

Coast Guard begins investigation into three tugboats sinking
The Coast Guard has transitioned from pollution response to the investigation phase of a major marine casualty that occurred July 5, 2019, involving three vessels that sank in the Illinois River near Hardin, Illinois, July 18, 2019. U.S. Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Alexandria Preston ST. LOUIS — The Coast Guard has transitioned from pollution response to the investigation phase of a major marine...

Coast Guard responds to three tugboats sinking

Coast Guard responds to three tugboats sinking
Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River responding to three vessels that sunk on the Illinois River near Hardin, Illinois. ST. LOUIS — The Coast Guard is responding to three vessels that sunk on the Illinois River near Hardin, Illinois, Sunday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River received a report Friday of three tugboats and a deck barge that were tied together and began...

Coast Guard rescues 17 people, 3 dogs from floodwaters near Alexander County, Illinois

Coast Guard rescues 17 people, 3 dogs from floodwaters near Alexander County, Illinois
Coast Guard flood punt team members from Sector Upper Mississippi River rescued 17 people and three dogs from floodwaters in Alexander County, Illinois, June 12, 2019.  (U.S. Coast Guard courtesy photo) NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard rescued 17 people and three dogs from floodwaters in Alexander County, Illinois, Tuesday. Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River deployed a Western Rivers Flood...

Coast Guard issues waterway restrictions on Mississippi, Illinois Rivers

Coast Guard issues waterway restrictions on Mississippi, Illinois Rivers
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The Coast Guard has closed portions of the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers to all vessel traffic due to extremely high water levels and fast moving currents near St. Louis, Missouri, Thursday. The St. Louis Harbor is closed from mile marker 179 to mile marker 184 on the Mississippi River. A no wake order has been issued on the Illinois River from mile marker 10 to mile marker 80.2. While...