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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 EXPECT TO SPEND MORNING CONNECTING TUG AND BOW OF NEW CARISSA

Waldport, Ore., March 6, 1999 1030 hours

The salvage crew was lifted onto the bow of the New Carissa early this morning and work began to connect the towline to the bow and the tug Sea Victory. The Unified Command expects the hook-up to be complete this afternoon.

A helicopter will transport one end of the towline to the New Carissa and the other to the Sea Victory.

"The Sea Victory arrived late last night and is sitting about 200 yards from the New Carissa," said Bill Milwee, representative of the responsible party and a member of the Unified Command. "We'll complete the hookup today and start to turn the bow toward sea. Once the bow is facing seaward, we'll pull it out to deep water."

Milwee said they will avoid popular fishing banks when pulling the bow to sea. "We've looked carefully at all the options, and have chosen the quickest, most environmentally safe way to get the bow away from the coastline," he said.

There will be occasional closures of U S Highway 101 near the bow throughout the day during the helicopter operations. In addition, 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.

"US Highway 101 will be closed to parking and pedestrian traffic from the Waldport Seawall south for three miles to Wakonda Beach Road," said Lieutenant Dennis Dotson of the Oregon State Police. "In addition, Wakonda Beach Road will be closed to parking from Highway 101 east for a half mile. There just are not any safe places for large crowds of people to park their cars and view the operation."

Crews will continue to clean up the beaches north and south of the vessel today. More than 100 people are being deployed for beach clean up in the area, and an additional 15 people are prepared to support the towing operation if needed.

Crews are also cleaning beaches in Coos Bay today, and the Department of Agriculture on Thursday lifted the shellfish harvest restrictions for all of Coos and Douglas County beaches and estuaries affected by the oil from the New Carissa. The only areas not yet open to shellfish harvest are those in the vicinity of the ship's stern, including the North Spit and Bastendorf Beach on the south jetty entrances to Coos bay.

"We will continue to monitor the areas where the stern is sitting and where the bow was, and we hope to resolve any re-opening issues soon," said Deb Cannon with the Oregon Department of Agriculture.

Commercial and recreational shellfish harvesting is closed in Lincoln County, which includes Yaquina and Alsea Bays.



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