Special maritime rules in effect during All-Star Game

Special maritime rules in effect during All-Star Game

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A safety zone was set up along the river in front of Paul Brown Stadium at 8 p.m. Saturday night.

Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Nick Narruhn stated the intent is to keep boaters safe during the fireworks display.

"Boaters will be prohibited from entering the safety zones at the established times for the fireworks shows and other events so that the Coast Guard boats and state and local partners will be out enforcing those safety zones to make sure boaters stay out," said Narruhn.

The safety zone extends from the Ohio shoreline to the middle of the river. Boaters can watch the fireworks from the anchorage areas
marked along the Kentucky shoreline. The safety zone will move in front of The Great American Ball Park on Monday from 8 p.m. until midnight.

Coast Guard Lt. Josh Gilbert said a no wake zone will be in effect until Tuesday between the Brent Spence and Big Mac bridges. Gilbert has requested that boaters traveling through the area do it at a no wake speed.

The Coast Guard is also reminding boaters that life jackets save lives.

"Last year there were over 4000 boating accidents that resulted in 610 fatalities. Out of those fatalities, the ones that were designated as drownings, 84 percent were not wearing life jackets at the time of the accident," said Gilbert.

Gilbert says to avoid accidents and possible arrest is to keep the alcohol at home and to keep an eye out for
floating debris.

"With the river running high and the currents running faster than they normally do driftwood is a lot more prevalent now than normal," said Gilbert.

The Coast Guard and other law enforcement agencies will be maintaining a presence on the river through Tuesday to make sure boaters stay

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