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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

HELICOPTER ACTIVITES UNDERWAY TO PREPARE FOR NEW CARISSA'S TOW TO SEA

Occasional safety closures of Route 101 expected; Representative Darlene Hooley and Governor John Kitzhaber to visit operations

Waldport, Ore., March 5, 1999 1000 hours

Waldport, Ore. - The Unified Command announced today that crews will finish the staging area on the beach and lay out the new towline in readiness for towing the 440-foot bow section of the New Carissa out to sea and sinking it.

Representative Darlene Hooley, D-OR, will meet with local citizens and community officials this morning, fly over the New Carrisa and meet with the news media at 10 a.m.

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber will meet with local officials at 11:30 a.m., followed by a meeting with the Unified Command. Governor Kitzhaber will hold a news conference at 1 p.m., before taking a helicopter tour of the New Carissa.

Heavy lift helicopters will retrieve the messenger line from the bow of the New Carissa - a blue and white line used in the previous towing operation to reel in the main towline - and transport it to Patterson State Park.

The new 14-inch, 2,400 feet, polyester towline, currently located in Patterson State Park, will be laid out on the beach in preparation to be lifted and attached to the bow section of the New Carissa.

Crews will retrieve the Dyneema, the original towline from the New Carissa, with a grappling hook. The Dyneema towline, which broke at the stern of the tug Sea Victory, is floating in the water near the New Carissa. Once crews have retrieved the towline, it will be transported to the parking lot of the staging area, where it will be assessed for damage.

Throughout the day, the State Police will occasionally close Route 101 to ensure public safety as these operations occur.

Yesterday, in Alsea Bay, two boats and a ground crew surveyed the area and found little evidence of oil in the upper part of the bay. However, in the lower half, slight sheening was observed and some oiled birds were sighted.

Five shoreline clean-up assessment teams will walk the beach north and south of the vessel and will report any oil to clean-up crews. Thirty-five people will walk from Beachside State Park north of the vessel to clean-up the beaches. In addition, 60 people will clean the beaches north of the vessel.

Wildlife teams will survey from the Newport south jetty to Yachats River. Oregon Fish and Wildlife teams will be coordinating with helicopter operations to diminish disturbance to wildlife during the towline transfers.

Two boats are out in Alsea Bay surveying booms that were placed yesterday and staging booms in Newport.



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