CHRISTI, Texas — The Coast Guard is investigating an uninspected passenger
vessel allision with a Coast Guard day beacon with five passengers aboard
resulting in multiple injuries Sunday.
public should be aware of these charter vessel requirements:
person operating a vessel with passengers for hire is required to have a
current U.S. Coast Guard Credential and Texas License Guide. The operators
are required to have the credentials onboard with them so they are able to
provide it when asked.
crew should be enrolled in a drug-testing program.
the vessel experiences a marine accident, such as a fire, flooding,
grounding, loss of propulsion, collision with another vessel, allision with
a fixed object, pollution discharge, or an injury or death while you are
aboard, the vessel owner/operator is required to report it to the Coast
lights should be displayed in accordance with the Rules of the Road,
Navigation Rule 23.
vessel is chartered that does not comply with these or other requirements, the
Coast Guard should be notified at (361) 533-2873.