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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

BOW OF NEW CARISSA FACING WEST

Waldport, Ore., March 7, 1999 1130 hours

The high tide at 3:25 a.m. Sunday morning helped the tug Sea Victory turn the bow of the New Carissa to a position facing almost due west and the Unified Command believes the bow will move even further seaward during this afternoon's high tide.

"The bow is in a good position now, but the high tide this afternoon is not as high as the morning's, so I don't expect dramatic movement this afternoon," said Bill Milwee of Gallagher Marine Systems and a member of the Unified Command. "I would be very happy if that tug is able to start pulling the bow to sea during the high tide early Monday morning."

The tug will keep a strain on the bow today, pulling with more power during the high tide at 4:04 p.m. Monday morning's high tide is at 4:00 a.m. and could be assisted by a storm that should raise the seas, possibly making it easier to pull the bow off the sandbar. The storm should come in late tonight and winds are expected to reach 40 knots.

Approximately 150 people are cleaning beaches from Coos Bay north to the Seaside and Cannon Beach area:

 

  • Four people are in two boats on Alsea and Yaquina Bays checking booms and watching for any oil that may come into the bays.

     

  • A 28-person team is cleaning the beaches from Waldport to Newport.

     

  • A 75-person team is cleaning beaches from Beachside State Park to Alsea Bay.

     

  • Two teams are responding to oil reports at Cape Creek and Washburn State Park, both south of the bow of the New Carissa.

     

  • Six teams, each composed of five clean up personnel and one biologist, are cleaning beaches from Coos Bay to Florence, focusing on snowy plover habitat.

     

  • Shoreline clean up and assessment crews will walk the beaches from Coos Bay north to Lincoln City and report any oil to clean up crews.



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