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New Carissa, 1999
  PREPARATIONS CONTINUE TO TOW THE NEW CARISSA
  UNIFIED COMMAND CONFIRMS EARLIER REPORT OF VESSEL CONDITION
  HELICOPTER ACTIVITES UNDERWAY TO PREPARE FOR NEW CARISSA'S TOW TO SEA
  NUMBERS ESTABLISHED TO REPORT OILED WILDLIFE, RECEIVE CLEANUP TRAINING
  CREWS COMPLETE PREPARATIONS TO NEW TOWLINE, EXPECT TO MAKE CONNECTION TOMORROW
  ESTIMATED NUMBER OF BIRDS IMPACTED BY OIL FROM THE NEW CARISSA REPORTED
  CREWS EXPECT TO SPEND MORNING CONNECTING TUG AND BOW OF NEW CARISSA
  SCIENTIFIC ANALYSIS SOUGHT BY THE UNIFIED COMMAND INDICATES OIL ON BEACHES MAY BE FROM NEW CARISSA
  BOW OF NEW CARISSA BEGINS TO TURN TOWARD SEA
  BOW OF NEW CARISSA FACING WEST
  EFFORTS TO REFLOAT BOW OF NEW CARISSA WILL CONTINUE EARLY TOMORROW MORNING
  REMAINING WESTERN SNOWY PLOVERS RELEASED FROM REHABILITATION IN COOS BAY
  BOW OF NEW CARISSA BEGINS TRIP TO SEA
  COMMERCIAL SHELLFISH HARVESTING AND RECREATIONAL CLAMMING REOPENED IN YAQUINA BAY
  BOW OF NEW CARISSA TRAVELS 40 MILES DURING FIRST DAY AT SEA
  TUG SEA VICTORY AND BOW OF NEW CARISSA MAKING GOOD PROGRESS
  NEW CARISSA MIDWAY TO FINAL RESTING PLACE
  BEACH CLEAN UP EFFORTS CONTINUE
  UNIFIED COMMAND BEGINS IMPLEMENTING PLAN FOR STERN OF NEW CARISSA
  OFFICIALS DECIDE ON PLAN FOR SINKING BOW OF NEW CARISSA
  NAVY DESTROYER DAVID R. RAY ARRIVES AT SINKING SITE
  BOW OF NEW CARISSA SINKS TO RESTING SITE
  OIL SKIMMER OREGON RESPONDER DOES NOT FIND OIL AFTER BOW OF NEW CARISSA SINKS
  OVERFLIGHT OF NEW CARISSA RESTING SITE FINDS VERY LITTLE OIL

PREPARATIONS CONTINUE TO TOW THE NEW CARISSA

Waldport, Ore., March 4, 1999 1200 hours

Preparations are underway to retrieve the towline used in the first attempt to tow the 440-foot bow section of the New Carissa to sea and assess damage. It is not anticipated for use in this operation.

The new, 1000 meter, 14-inch polyester towline, provided by the Navy's supervisor of salvage, arrived last night from Stockton, California. It will be lifted to the beach, once the area has been staged, where crews will prepare to attach it to the New Carissa and tug, the Sea Victory. Currently, the Sea Victory is in port at Coos Bay, where it's being re-fitted with a new tow wire to complete the towing operation. It is expected to arrive in Waldport on Friday afternoon. Until the Sea Victory returns, the Sause Bros. tug, Natoma, will standby the New Carissa until the vessel is removed to sea.

"The New Carissa is in relatively good shape after surviving the pounding, 30-foot swells on Tuesday night," said Captain Mike Hall, the U.S. Coast Guard federal on-scene coordinator and a member of the Unified Command. "The enemy continues to be the weather, but we will proceed as quickly and safely as possible, while minimizing the impact to the environment."

The Dyneema towline, which broke near the aft section of the bow, was reported to be floating 550 feet southwest of the vessel. Crews will work today to retrieve the towline, by air, and return it to the shoreline.

Clean-up crews, made up of 185 people, will walk the beaches north and south of the vessel, as well as in Yaquina Bay today, to assess any environmental impacts. Crews further north are setting up booms this morning near Beaver Creek.

Additionally, wildlife rehabilitators will continue to survey the beaches from the Newport south jetty to Yachats. "We appreciate the public's interest and concern. However, we need full cooperation from the public to stay off the beaches," said Mike Szerlog, the state of Oregon on-scene coordinator and a member of the Unified Command. "We've had instances already where people have chased oiled birds back into the surf, preventing trained staff from rescuing them."

In Alsea Bay, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has issued a closure of commercial bait shrimp harvesting.



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