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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 BEGINS TRIP TO SEA

Waldport, Ore., March 8, 1999 1000 hours

At 3:15 a.m. Monday, the tug Sea Victory pulled the 440-foot bow section of the New Carissa off the sandbar it was lodged on and began towing the vessel toward its burial site 248 miles west.

"The tug began pulling at full power around 2 o'clock a.m., and it took about an hour and a half to get the bow afloat," said Bill Milwee of Gallagher Marine Systems, Inc., and a member of the Unified Command.

A four-person salvage crew remained on-board the bow throughout the night to work the pumps and towlines and be sure the vessel was floating properly. They were lifted off about 9:00 this morning. The tug waited off-shore until the crew was off the bow before beginning the 48 to 60 hour trip to sea.

After towing the bow to the designated spot, the Unified Command will order it to be scuttled. The ship and artillery that will sink the bow have not yet been identified.

The wrecked bow washed aground in Waldport last Wednesday, March 3 after an initial attempt to tow it to sea from Coos Bay, Ore., when the towline snapped in a fierce winter storm last Tuesday, March 2.

The ship came aground in Coos Bay on February 4 carrying almost 400,000 gallons of oil. When the ship began to break apart and leak oil, the Unified Command ordered a controlled burn of the oil. About 200,000 to 250,000 gallons of oil were burned before the ship broke into two parts. The bow section was towed from its spot in Coos Bay last Monday, March 1, and the stern section, which is about 200 feet long, is still sitting off the beach in Coos Bay. The Unified Command is preparing a plan for the future of the stern.

Approximately 15,000 to 70,000 gallons of oil may have spilled from the New Carissa. Teams today will clean up beaches from Newport south to Baker Beach. "Even though the bow is gone, we still have a commitment to these communities, and we will have a presence here until the beaches are clean and the wildlife is safe again," said Mike Szerlog of the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and a member of the Unified Command.



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