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Press Release | Nov. 15, 2023

Media Advisory: Coast Guard, state and local first responders will conduct a large-scale drill on Pickwick Lake

U.S. Coast Guard Heartland Office: 504-671-2020 Cell: 618-225-9008

Editors Note: Media planning to attend should RSVP no later than 6 p.m., November 15th, by contacting Cmdr. Morgan Kelly, Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Nashville, at 502-558-2534

WHAT: The Coast Guard, state and local first responders are scheduled to conduct a large-scale drill.

WHO: U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Hardin County Fire Department, Hardin County Sheriff’s Office, Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office, Tishomingo County Sheriff’s Office, Florence Police Department, Tennessee State Parks, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks and the Tennessee Valley Authority Police, Hardin County Emergency Management Agency, Hardin County EMS, Tishomingo County Emergency Management Agency, Tennessee Emergency Management Agency and Mississippi Emergency Management Agency.

WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 16, 2023 from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

WHERE: 120 Playground Loop, Counce, TN, 38326 at the Lodge at Pickwick Landing.

HARDIN COUNTY, TN — The Coast Guard, state and local first responders are scheduled to conduct a large-scale mass rescue drill on the Pickwick Lake near the Pickwick Dam Thursday.

The purpose of the drill is to enhance maritime incident response for both law enforcement and fire/rescue agency personnel who may respond to a maritime incident occurring along the Tennessee River regional area.  

The drills will consist of a wide range of boat tactics and emergency response procedures from various agencies.

Map enclosed for parking location. Interviews regarding the drill will be on site, near the river. The main boat ramp at Pickwick Landing State Park will be closed to the public starting at 6 a.m. on November 16 until completion of the drills.