Coast Guard officials are investigating an incident that occurred yesterday afternoon just north of Louisville, Kentucky, off the Ohio River in Harrods Creek involving a paddlewheel boat. At least four passengers were injured on the Belle of Louisville when wind blew the boat into a docked barge. The Belle did not take on water and
The Coast Guard earned kudos from DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano during a visit to the Vessel Traffic Center in New Orleans. Secretary Napolitano noted the Coast Guard’s diverse and often unpublicized port safety and security missions during a meeting with public and private sector stakeholders to discuss inter-agency coordination and port resurgence after Hurricane Katrina.
Guardians intercepted four Cuban migrants and a suspected smuggler yesterday. The migrants were traveling in a 19-foot boat 70 miles south of Key West when they were interdicted by the crew from the 110-foot Coast Guard Cutter Key Biscayne. The migrants were returned to Cuba and the smuggler was handed over to Customs and Border Patrol agents. Story here
Coast Guard Cutter Venturous pulled into the Coast Guard base in Miami yesterday to offload 107 bales of marijuana weighing roughly 2,500 pounds and worth about $1.6 million. The cutter was on a routine patrol in the Caribbean last Thursday when a vessel failed to stop as ordered, launching a pursuit and a subsequent boarding.
Coast Guard and Navy resources will conduct a joint exercise in Cumberland Sound, Georgia, on Tuesday and Wednesday to test the Coast Guard’s ability to deter, detect and disrupt hostile acts directed at an escorted U.S. Naval vessel. To simulate a real response, Coast Guard vessels will use aggressive maneuvering tactics and fire blank ammunition