Illegal charter boats pose threat to public safety

Illegal charter boats pose threat to public safety
Pictured are Coast Guard decals displayed by charter vessels. (U.S. Coast Guard graphic) SAN FRANCISCO — The Coast Guard is continuing their mission to reduce unlicensed and illegal charter boats in the Bay Area. Coast Guard units have recently boarded more than 50 vessels in the Bay Area to verify captain’s licenses and drug-and-alcohol testing programs, while Coast Guard investigators have...

Coast Guard, FWC halts illegal charter operation near Sea Isle Marina

Coast Guard, FWC halts illegal charter operation near Sea Isle Marina
33-foot Special Purpose Craft-Law Enforcement file photo MIAMI — The Coast Guard and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission terminated the voyage of a 42-foot pleasure craft, Breaking the Habit, with 15 passengers aboard Sunday near Sea Isle Marina, Sunday. A Coast Guard Station Miami Beach boarding officer working with an FWC boatcrew conducted the boarding of the pleasure craft near...

Coast Guard stops illegal charter boat operating in Charleston, S.C.

Coast Guard stops illegal charter boat operating in Charleston, S.C.
CHARLESTON, S.C. — A Coast Guard law enforcement team stopped an illegal charter boat operation Nov. 15, 2013, after a vessel captain unlawfully took seven paying passengers on a four-day roundtrip charter cruise from Charleston to Savannah, Ga. The vessel was returning from the last portion of the cruise, an all-day voyage on the Intracoastal Waterway, when a boarding team from Coast Guard Station...

Coast Guard and Chicago area partners combat illegal charter boat operations

Coast Guard and Chicago area partners combat illegal charter boat operations
CLEVELAND — Personnel from the U.S. Coast Guard, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and Chicago Police Department wrapped up a joint operation Friday intended to deter illegal charter boat operations occurring in the downtown-Chicago area. Personnel from the Coast Guard, Chicago Police Department, and IDNR Conservation Police teamed up in response to multiple reports by local licensed charter...

Coast Guard stops illegal charter boat operating on Lake Erie

TOLEDO, Ohio — The Coast Guard stopped an illegal charter boat operation Saturday evening after a vessel captain unlawfully took six paying passengers fishing on Lake Erie near Marblehead, Ohio. A boarding team from Coast Guard Station Marblehead stopped the illegal fishing trip Saturday evening upon the vessel’s return from an all-day voyage on Lake Erie. The operator of the charter vessel had...

Coast Guard warns boaters of illegal charter boats

BALTIMORE — Coast Guard Sector Baltimore cautions passengers who pay to go fishing in the Chesapeake Bay during the 2011 fishing season to avoid boats that do not have licensed captains, and in some cases, have not been inspected by the Coast Guard. According to Coast Guard investigators, the number of vessels reported to be illegally charging to carry people has increased over the last two years...