Coast Guard begins Super Bowl security patrols on the Mississippi River

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NEW ORLEANS – As of Monday, the Coast Guard began its Super Bowl security plan which included patrols along stretches of the Mississippi River that wind through higher populated areas in Southeast Louisiana.

Much of the patrols will focus on the CBD and French Quarter.

Patrols began Monday with 24 foot response boats.  But later in the week, larger boats will join the effort.

The Coast Guard says it will escort some vessels through the area but would not reveal how those vessels are selected.

“We’re going to take a risk based approach.  We’re going to do some escorts.  We’re going to have an enhances presence both along the levees, along the waterway, in the air,” said Coast Guard Commander Russ Bowen.

Work on the security plan began about a year ago.  More than 16 law enforcement agencies will help including the Harbor Police.

Coast Guard Commander Bowen does not expect the security work to interrupt traffic on the river.

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