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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

CREWS COMPLETE PREPARATIONS TO NEW TOWLINE, EXPECT TO MAKE CONNECTION TOMORROW

The Unified Command, Oregon State Police and Lincoln County Sheriff ask that sight-seers stay away from the area this weekend

Waldport, Ore., March 5, 1999 1900 hours

Crews successfully laid the new towline on the beach today in preparation for connecting the bow of the New Carissa to the tug Sea Victory and making a second attempt to tow the bow 250 miles to sea and sink it in more than 6,000 feet of water.

"The process of connecting the bow to the tug will be similar to the last time," said Bill Milwee of Gallagher Marine Systems, Inc., and a member of the Unified Command. "We hope to be able to connect the towline to the bow and the tug Sea Victory by noon tomorrow and when they're ready, the crew on the bow will use the winch to pull the line taut, and the tug will begin the tow." Milwee emphasized that getting the bow off the beach will be a slow process that could take at least two days.

The tug Sea Victory is expected to arrive about midnight tonight. The Oregon Responder, an oil skimmer that will follow the bow on its trip to sea and recover oil that may spill from the bow, should arrive late tomorrow afternoon.

The Unified Command said there is a possibility that a small amount of oil could come out of the bow when it is pulled off the beach. "There is damage on the bottom of the ship," said Milwee. "When the boat is released from the sand, there may be a small surge of oil from the bottom. It should stop once the ship is afloat and pressure is restored."

The Unified Command, Oregon State Police and the Lincoln County Sheriff's office are asking people not to travel to Waldport this weekend to view the bow section of the New Carissa. "After much thought and collaboration with state and local agencies, we've determined that there are not any safe places for large crowds of people to stop their cars and view the New Carissa," said Lieutenant Dennis Dotson of the Oregon State Police. "US Highway 101 will be closed to parking and pedestrians from the Waldport Seawall south for three miles to Wakonda Beach Road. In addition, Wakonda Beach Road will be closed to parking from Highway 101 east for a half mile." Also, on the recommendation of the Lincoln County Sheriff and the Oregon State Police, the Sandpiper and Bayshore areas are closed to all vehicular traffic except residents and invited guests.


Other news surrounding the grounding of the New Carissa:
  • The Oregon Department of Agriculture today lifted shellfish harvest restrictions for Coos and Douglas County beaches and estuaries today except in the vicinity of the ship's stern, on the North Spit and Bastendorf Beach on the south jetty entrances to Coos Bay.

     

  • Crews assessed and cleaned up beaches from Beachside State Park to areas north of the vessel today. They found very little oil. Four teams will walk the beaches again Saturday.

     

  • Tarballs were reported on the North Spit in Coos Bay. Teams will be deployed to clean up any tarballs in the area tomorrow.



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