u.s. coast guard

Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

  A United States Coast Guard citizen volunteer in western Kentucky says the federal shutdown has affected the safety of Kentucky’s inland waters patrolled by volunteers.

 

Bill Husfield and his wife are members of the USGC Auxiliary Flotilla 8-5 which does safety patrols of Kentucky Lake at the request of coast guard officials in Paducah. These patrols help with tasks like stranded boat operators and maintaining navigational buoys.

 

photo via Kentucky State Police

Update:

Kentucky State Police say a preliminary investigation into a boat explosion on the Tennessee River Friday found an explosion resulted in a flash flare and subsequent small fire inside the tug boat.

Bridge Collapse Hearings: Day Two

Apr 17, 2012
Alan Reed / Pools Photographer/Paducah Sun

On the second day of hearings on the January 26th Eggners Ferry Bridge accident, Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board questioned workers involved in the elision involving a Foss Maritime cargo ship and the bridge connecting Aurora to Land Between the Lakes.  U.S. Coast Guard Court Recorder Nick Parham says as they investigate the causes of the crash, officials could discover that decisions made by multiple people led to the crash: