Coast Guard establishes flotilla in Vermillion Coast Guard authorities in St. Louis, MO, have authorized the establishment of a Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla in Vermillion, according to Coast Guard Commander David Roundy, director of the auxiliary, Eighth Western Rivers Region.
The patrol zone assigned to the new flotilla includes a portion of the Missouri River from Ponca, NE, to the Gavins Point Dam in Yankton. The flotilla's duties will include search and rescue missions, marine safety, port security, safety patrols, regatta patrols, boat and personal watercraft rescue training, seamanship training classes for the general public and vessel safety checks.
In addition, flotilla members will be assigned boat coxswain and boat crew duty with Disaster Response Unit Six based in Sioux City, IA. DRU 6 saw action in the North Dakota, Red River Floods of 1997.
The new commander of the Vermillion Flotilla, Barry Banks of Vermillion, was the guest speaker at the chartering ceremony on June 1. Banks, a North Dakota, Red River Flood veteran, gave a presentation titled: A Fifth Anniversary Look at the 1997 Red River Floods of North Dakota.