High water on Mississippi River leads to dangerous currents

High water on Mississippi River leads to dangerous currents
NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard urges boaters going out on the Lower Mississippi River to understand the risks associated with high water and strong currents. Higher than average water levels create very strong and swift currents, which result in large amounts of debris, and can lead to dangerous situations on the Mississippi River. The stronger than normal currents can create rips and eddies in places...

Coast Guard rescues 3 men from a raft in Lake Pontchartrain

Coast Guard rescues 3 men from a raft in Lake Pontchartrain
Coast Guard Station New Orleans 29-Foot Response Boat-Small file photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Carlos Vega. NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard rescued three men from a raft in Lake Pontchartrain, Louisiana, Saturday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report of three people aboard an inflatable raft who, due to weather conditions, were unable to return to shore. The raft drifted...

Coast Guard responds to suspicious activity in Industrial Canal, New Orleans

Coast Guard responds to suspicious activity in Industrial Canal, New Orleans
Coast Guard Station New Orleans 45-foot Response Boat-Medium file photo NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard, federal, state, and local agencies responded to suspicious activity in the Industrial Canal, New Orleans, Tuesday. Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report at approximately 9:45 p.m. from the motor vessel General Kelly of a suspicious raft floating in the industrial canal. The sector temporarily...

Coast Guard suspends search for person in the water near Baton Rouge

Coast Guard suspends search for person in the water near Baton Rouge
USCG MH-65 File Photo NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard suspended its search for a person in the water near Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Sunday. The Coast Guard searched approximately 30 square miles for about 9 hours for a man who entered the Mississippi River, Saturday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report from the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Department that a man was seen...

Coast Guard searching for man in Mississippi River near Baton Rouge

Coast Guard searching for man in Mississippi River near Baton Rouge
Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter file photo NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard is searching for a man who was reported entering the Mississippi River near downtown Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Saturday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report from the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Department that a man was seen entering the river at about 7 a.m. Saturday. The...

Coast Guard suspends search for person in the water

Coast Guard suspends search for person in the water
USCG MH-65 File Photo NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard suspended its search for a person in the water near Donaldsonville, Louisiana, Friday. The Coast Guard searched approximately 46 square miles for 18 hours for a man who fell off a vessel into the Mississippi River Thursday. Involved in the search were: googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1461251439213-0'); }); A response...

Coast Guard searching for person in the water near Donaldsonville

Coast Guard searching for person in the water near Donaldsonville
Coast Guard Station New Orleans 29-Foot Response Boat-Small II file photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Carlos Vega. NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard is searching for a person in the water at mile marker 183 of the Mississippi River near Donaldsonville, Louisiana, Thursday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report at 9:30 a.m. from the uninspected towing vessel CSS Richmond that...

Coast Guard searching Lake Pontchartrain after finding capsized vessel

Coast Guard searching Lake Pontchartrain after finding capsized vessel
Coast Guard Station New Orleans 45-foot Response Boat-Medium file photo NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard is searching for the owner of a capsized vessel reported in Lake Pontchartrain, Louisiana. Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders received a report at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday from Jefferson Parish Police Department about a white-hulled vessel capsized a quarter mile east of Treasure Chest Casino...

Coast Guard rescues one person, searching for another person in Lake Pontchartrain

Coast Guard rescues one person, searching for another person in Lake Pontchartrain
Coast Guard Station New Orleans 45-foot Response Boat-Medium file photo NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard is searching for a missing individual after rescuing one person in Lake Pontchartrain, Louisiana, Monday. Missing is 32-year-old Sadie Thibodeaux. Coast Guard Station New Orleans rescued 43-year-old Michael Lee Farley at 7:03 a.m. Monday, approximately a mile north of Lakeshore Drive in Lake Pontchartrain....