Coast Guard works the land to help ships on the water

(Source: U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Tippets)
(Source: U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Tippets)

An ant infestation on the banks of the Mississippi River might sound like a bad thing, but the Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team, or ANT, is keeping ships safe.

The members of ANT rev up chain saws, weed whackers and use bush hogs to remove vegetation and trees from along the shore. This helps mariners navigate the meandering river.

The machinery allows the crew to knock out the work in about a day.

Members of ANT New Orleans call the work rewarding.

The team is also responsible for work along Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas, Lake Borgne and all other connecting waterways including the Intracoastal waterway from English Lookout to Dupre Cut and Barataria Waterway.

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