STORM-RAVAGED BUOY REPAIRS STORM-RAVAGED BUOY REPAIRS DATE: April 24, 2007 12:33:50 EST Document Number: 969 First District Public Affairs U.S. CoastMessage 1 of 1 , Apr 24, 2007View Source
STORM-RAVAGED BUOY REPAIRS STORM-RAVAGED BUOY REPAIRSDATE: April 24, 2007 12:33:50 ESTDocument Number: 969 First District Public Affairs
U.S. Coast Guard
Date: April 24, 2007
Contact: PA3 Lauren Downs
STORM-RAVAGED BUOY REPAIRS
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BOSTON - Following the severe spring Nor'Easter, the Coast Guard is recovering and fixing lost and damaged aids to navigation.
Since the wind and seas calmed down, the 225-foot Coast Guard Cutter Juniper, the 125-foot Coast Guard Cutters Abbie Burgess and Marcus Hanna and nine aids-to-navigation teams from Maine to New York have been working to repair the damaged aids.
So far, the Coast Guard found 45 aids either not working, missing or adrift. Some washed up on shore. As repair and recovery efforts continue, units are finding additional problems. The Coast Guard expects to have a complete count of storm-damaged aids by Friday.
"Some of the solar panels were completely wiped off because of the wind and high seas," said Kevin Blount, Coast Guard First District deputy chief of waterways management.
The Boston approach "BA" buoy was was blown 87 miles off station where it was recovered by the Juniper.
New York, Boston and Portland, Maine shipping channels have been affected. Repair efforts are ongoing. In the meantime, units from Maine to New Jersey are broadcasting warnings of affected areas to mariners.
The Coast Guard is urging mariners to use extreme caution while underway as numerous aids to navigation throughout New England waters have been damaged by the storm. Anyone with knowledge of damaged or displaced aids to navigation, or other hazards to navigation, is urged to contact the First District Command Center at 617-223-8555.
Editor's Note: Photos and video of the Cutter Juniper and Aids to Navigation Team Boston at work are available at www.uscgnewengland.com