Coast Guard members from 12 states in La Crosse for training

Published On: Dec 24 2013 04:51:16 AM CST   Updated On: Sep 09 2013 08:57:19 AM CDT

The Mississippi River will be filled with members of the Coast Guard this weekend. It's part of annual training for the regular and auxiliary Coast Guard.

150 members from 12 states are in La Crosse.

They have classroom training on hazmat emergencies, first aid, and weather spotting. They then head out on the river for water training which will include closing down the river for a time.

Every member of the Coast Guard, whether they are regular or auxiliary, have to go through this training every year. "It's 12 hours of crew or coxswain that they have to have each year, and if you don't get those hours then you could go into rears and you could lose your position as a crew or a coxswain," said Division Commander Marion Byerson.