Operation Dry Water joins boating advocates in the United States and Canada who are teaming up to promote safe and responsible boating during National Safe Boating Week, which continues through Friday.
The Coast Guard enforces federal laws on the high seas and waters within U.S. territorial jurisdiction, develops and operates aids to navigation and maintains a network of lifeboat and search-and-rescue stations using surface vessels and aircraft.
There were 610 recreational boating fatalities in 2014, the second-lowest number of yearly boating deaths on record.
In separate incidents, the Coast Guard seized two Mexican boats that were caught illegally fishing off the Gulf Coast waters of south Texas.
A multi-agency search for three boaters missing in Alabama’s Mobile Bay area continued through Tuesday night, three days after a potent squall line decimated much of the fleet that participated in a popular annual regatta on Saturday.
The Coast Guard Foundation elected William E. Jenkins as chairman of the board of the non-profit organization.
Not many people look at a few plywood scraps, insulation boards, some coat hangers and silicone adhesive and think, “I’m going to make a boat out of that.”
Motorists won’t have to stop as much for openings of a major South Carolina barrier island swing bridge, but operators of large recreational vessels might have to find a new route.
Uninspected Virgin Islands boats of less than 24 meters, or 78.7 feet, are now allowed to carry as many as a dozen passengers within the Virgin Islands and to international ports, but not to another port in the United States, under rules the U.S. Coast Guard announced Friday.
Officials closed an investigation into the boating accident that forced former Miami Dolphins player Robert Konrad to swim about 16 hours to shore.
Waterways from Pittsburgh to Maine are dealing with colder-than-normal weather and that has created challenges for boat traffic, as well as for the Coast Guard, the group tasked with keeping channels passable.