According to a later press release from the Coast Guard, law enforcement boardings by the USCG on the lake included nine vessels, five of which were chartered vessels. Chartered vessels includes water taxi and bareboat charter rental boats.

The U.S. Coast Guard paid a visit to the Lake of the Ozarks over the last weekend.

On Monday, the Lake Sun confirmed their presence at the lake from Friday, June 16 through Sunday, June 18 with USCG Lt. Sean Haley, based at Sector Upper Mississippi offices in St. Louis. A USCG vessel was spotted by members of the public on the Gravois Arm.

The Lake of the Ozarks is recognized as a navigable waterway and is federally regulated by the Coast Guard. 

According to a later press release from the Coast Guard, law enforcement boardings by the USCG on the lake included nine vessels, five of which were chartered vessels. Chartered vessels includes water taxi and bareboat charter rental boats. 

The emphasis of the boardings were to promote marine safety, identify unsafe or hazardous conditions, educate the boating public and enforce applicable laws and regulations, the press release stated.

A Facebook post by Lake of the Ozarks Water Taxi indicated their 13-passenger vessel was boarded for a routine safety check, and everything was found to be in good order. The taxi service was operating with a USCG-licensed captain and the boat had a certificate of inspection in order to charge for rides. The boat was on its way after 15 minutes.

The USCG press release confirmed that each charter operation that was boarded was found to be operating legally. 

The boarding teams also assisted the Water Patrol Division of the Missouri Highway Patrol with the processing of an intoxicated boater and issued a warning for a missing rental agreement on board a bareboat charter.

“The Lake of the Ozarks is one of the most dangerous bodies of water in the United States according to Coast Guard boating statistics,” Capt. Martin Malloy, Coast Guard captain of the port, commented in the press release. “Most of the accidents, injuries, and deaths that occur are preventable and the Coast Guard is committed to raising awareness of safe boating practices as well as taking enforcement action against illegal operators.”