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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

UNIFIED COMMAND CONFIRMS EARLIER REPORT OF VESSEL CONDITION

Crews continue preparing for towing operation

Waldport, Ore., March 4, 1999 1800 hours

Crews spent the afternoon reassessing the condition of the tanks where the remaining 135,000 gallons of fuel is located. At the same time, crews continued to prepare the staging area in readiness for laying out the towline.

"After going into tanks two, three and four, we found very little change in the oil since we were there 10 days ago," said Commander Paul Jewell of the US Coast Guard and deputy incident commander of the Unified Command. "We also surveyed the area surrounding the vessel, and found light sheening."

Clean-up crews walked the beach from the southern entrance of Alsea Bay south to Beachside State Park. Ninety cubic yards of material (this includes oiled personal protective equipment that clean-up crews are wearing) have been picked up since Wednesday.

"It doesn't matter where along the coast the oil is found, we are committed to cleaning it up and minimizing the environmental damage," said Captain Hall, the US Coast Guard federal on-scene coordinator and a member of the Unified Command.

Boom deployment crews put out 400 feet of hard boom across Beaver Creek. Booms were adjusted and re-deployed within Alsea Bay, totaling 2,900 feet in booms in six locations.

As a precaution, snare was put out around the Oregon Coast Aquarium water intake in Yaquina Bay. "Drop cans were placed near the inlets to further monitor the water going into the aquarium," said Mike Szerlog, the state of Oregon on-scene coordinator and a member of the Unified Command.

Wildlife Status

Crews this morning observed 278 oiled birds on the 10.5 mile stretch of beach south and north of the New Carissa. Oil coverage included a drop of oil to heavy coating.

Less than 10 percent of the observed birds were heavily oiled, however, a small patch of oil on some birds could be fatal.

As an example of the ratios of oiled to un-oiled birds, this morning three teams counted 155 western gulls, of which 63 were oiled. Crews also counted 396 Sanderlings, of which 199 were oiled. Of the 49 Black Turnstones counted, two were oiled. Of the five Common Murres, all were oiled. These ratios apply to this 10.5 mile stretch, not to the entire Oregon Coast.



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