LAKE OF THE OZARKS, MO (KFVS) - The owners of two passenger vessels at Lake of the Ozark are facing serious fines after violations on Aug. 25.
According to the U.S. Coast Guard, crews saw a 50-foot yacht, The Shady Shack, with passengers and a 42-foot boat, The Play Pen, also with passengers.
Both boats were in violation:
- Not having a valid Certificate of Inspection.
- Not having a credentialed mariner in control while operating a small passenger vessel.
- Failure to have a drug and alcohol program.
- Failure to have a valid stability letter.
The owners of these vessels could face up to $41,546 in civil penalties, for illegal passenger-for-hire operation.
"Boating safety and legal chartering operations remain top Coast Guard priorities along our waterway system," said Capt. Scott Stormer, commander, Sector Upper Mississippi River. "Given the inherently elevated risks that come with the congestion along Lake of the Ozarks in summer months, continued education and law enforcement presence are important elements to best ensure an enjoyable time on the water is also a safe one."
These investigations are ongoing.