Ohio River boat launch will be temporarily closed for first responder drills

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KENTUCKY (KFVS) – The City of Paducah has announced that the Ohio River boat launch will be closed to the public on Wednesday, September 7, between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m.

The U.S. Coast Guard, local, state and federal first responders will conduct law enforcement, fire and rescue drills on the Ohio River.

The drills include a wide range of boat tactics and emergency response procedures.

The City of Paducah says people should expect to see lots of first aid vehicles and flashing lights. The objective of the exercises is to improve and coordinate the response of all the organizations likely to intervene in the event of a maritime incident along the Ohio River.

Boaters should be aware that these response activities will take place on the Ohio River between Miles 934 and 936.

Response exercise participants include Ingram Barge Company, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, McCracken County Emergency Management, McCracken County Rescue, US Fish and Wildlife, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Paducah Police Department, Paducah Fire Department, Metropolis Police Department, Metropolis Fire Department, McCracken County Sheriff’s Office, Marshall County Sheriff’s Office, Marshall County Emergency Management, Massac County Emergency Management, Metropolis Emergency Management, Marshall County Rescue, Mercy Regional EMS, Illinois State Police, Union County, IL Sheriff’s Office and US Coast Guard.

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