itCG-Hudson River boardings, vessel fires, fish barrier

  • The Coast Guard is stepping up its boardings of boats heading south on the Hudson River. The random stops are part of the Department of Homeland Security’s “small vessel security strategy” aimed at increasing inspections of small vessels that travel from Canada to New York City harbor.
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  • Late last night, Coast Guard Sector Boston received a single distress call and no follow-on responses. An Urgent Marine Information Broadcast (UMIB) was sent over the radio and vessels in the area immediately responded to help. A Good Samaritan, the fishing vessel Karen Lynn I, reported seeing a vessel on fire and was able to recover the uninjured crewmen from a liferaft. Coast Guard Station Point Allerton, the MassPort Fire Department and Good Samaritans worked to control the fire.
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  • Two boats caught fire, burned and ultimately sank at a Yacht Club in Mobile, Alabama. Before the boats sank, the fires caused damage to the docks and other boats. The Coast Guard and the local teams are monitoring fuel pollution from the sunken vessels.
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  • Sure, the temporarily closed canal near Romeoville, Illinois, may be frustrating to some area boaters but the end-result could be frustrating to many more all across the Great Lakes. The Army Corps of Engineers and the Coast Guard are working together to inhibit the threat of invasive fish using electric fish barriers while also keeping boaters safe. The voltage increase on the barriers in the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal requires safety testing to ensure there is no threat of electrocution and explosions. To follow the joint effort, updates are provided here.
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