b'COAST GUARD REPORTConservation (FWC) Commissionstability letter, the absence of a drugMore than 150 vessels were agent reported the vessel to the Coastand alcohol program.boarded. Six illegal charter boats were Guard for possible violations. Finally, a large-scale exercise to rootdiscovered, cited, and terminated due This collaborative effort with FWCout illegal charter operators took placeto violations of not having a valid contributes to our ability to respond,in Northern California. COI, failure to have a drug and alcohol extending our law enforcement capa- Coast Guard Sector San Franciscoprogram, and for operating a passenger bilities, said Cmdr. Jose Perez, head ofinvestigators conducted an operationvessel without a Coast Guard license. Sector Miami prevention department,with local law enforcement throughout The primary goal of this operation These illegal charters go out on thethe course of a week to terminate unli- was to ensure passenger and crew water without the proper documenta- censed and illegal charter boat opera- safety, said Lt. Andrew Cole, Sector tion and certifications and are puttingtions in Lake Tahoe. San Francisco Investigating Officer.nthe safety of the passengers at risk.In the other Miami-based incident, the Coast Guard terminated the voyage of the 86-foot yacht, The Program, with 12 passengers aboard. Coast Guard Cutter William Flores crewmembers conducted a boarding on the yacht and discovered several violations, including failure to have appropriate Merchant Mariner Credentials, failure to have a drug and alcohol program, and an inadequate number of approved lifebuoys The Coast Guard will continue to aggressively pursue vessel operators who place the lives of passengers at risk by not complying with Coast Guard passenger vessel regulations. Safety is always the number one priority when out on the water, said LT JG John Roddy, executive officer of the cutter Flores. Also in Florida, the Coast Guard terminated the voyage of a 23-foot pleasure craft with six people aboard on July 6, in the vicinity of Marco Island. Coast Guard investigatingwww.rigidized.com/marine.phpofficers initially discovered the vesselmarine@rigidized.comadvertising on social media and deter-mined the vessel was not operating in accordance with regulations governing passenger vessels.At Coast Guard Station Fort Myers Beach 29-foot Response BoatLaw-enforcement crew boarded the pleasure craft and discovered the vessel was operating a commercial passenger service and was not in compliance with multiple regulations governing passenger vessels.These included not having a valid Certificate of Inspection, not having a credentialed mariner in control while operating a smallproviding durability and beauty to NYCs newest ferriespassenger vessel, failure to have a valid SEPTEMBER 2019FOGHORN 27'