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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

EFFORTS TO REFLOAT BOW OF NEW CARISSA WILL CONTINUE EARLY TOMORROW MORNING

Predicted storm should not hamper the trip to sea

Waldport, Ore., March 7, 1999 1700 hours

The bow of the New Carissa turned another seven degrees toward sea during this afternoon's high tide, and the Unified Command is optimistic that the ship could begin moving toward sea early Monday morning.

"The tug began pulling at full power at 2:00 p.m. today and it's showing signs of movement," said Bill Milwee, a representative of the responsible party and a member of the Unified Command. "It doesn't look like the bow will come off on this high tide because we don't have the swell we need, but there's a good chance it could come off early in the morning." The next high tide is at 4:00 a.m. Monday and should be 6.9 feet high.

Milwee said the Unified Command is closely monitoring the storm predicted to hit the Waldport area late tonight and last into tomorrow evening. "The weather that's coming in is not the type of severe storm we had last week when the towline broke," he said. The storm is predicted to bring 40-knot sustained winds and 20-foot sea swells.

A four-member salvage crew is on-board the New Carissa adjusting tanks and working the lines, and they will remain on-board until the ship is afloat. If the bow comes off the sandbar tonight, the salvage crew will be lifted off at first light.

It will take the tug Sea Victory 48 to 60 hours to tow the bow of the New Carissa to a site 248 miles west, where the Unified Command will order it to be scuttled.



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