Coast Guard trains for terrorists on the Mississippi

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – More than a dozen law enforcement agencies joined forces today to train for a possible terrorist attack on the St. Louis Riverfront. The effort spearheaded by the Coast Guard played out two potential set-ups.

In one mock scenario, terrorists took over the Tom Sawyer Riverboat and a swat team came in to retake the boat. In another, law officers tried to hold off a single boat that was attacking the harbor in front of the Arch.

Organizers call this valuable training for situations that could impact thousands of people.

“The significance of this is to show that we can work together and protect the waterfront here and protect the city of St. Louis,” said Chief Ryan Christensen with the U.S. Coast Guard.

Tom Dun, the director of operations for the gateway arch riverboats, added, “We carry tens of thousands of passengers every year and being a public facility, we have to be conscious of the world we live in today. And so we work very closely with the coast guard with regard to the safety and security of the boat.”

The Coast Guard tries to put on this kind of multi-agency training every year.

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