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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

TUG SEA VICTORY AND BOW OF NEW CARISSA MAKING GOOD PROGRESS

The Unified Command expects bow to arrive on-site Thursday

Waldport, Ore., March 9, 1999 1300 hours

At 12:00 p.m., the tug Sea Victory was 122 miles, or 105 nautical miles, west of Waldport on its trip to the location where the bow of the New Carissa will be scuttled.

The US Coast Guard and the US Navy are still considering a number of options for sinking the vessel once it reaches the designated spot 248 nautical miles out to sea. The Unified Command expects the tug and bow to arrive at the sinking site Thursday and preparations to sink should begin as soon as possible after arrival on-site.

The amount of oil appearing on beaches is steadily decreasing. Shoreline clean-up assessment teams will survey beaches from Heceta Head north to Lincoln City today, conducting a complete overview of the area affected by the New Carissa.

Clean up crews today will focus on the area where the vessel was grounded. Two crews will work from Yachats north to Alsea Bay and from the south jetty to the north spit. Another team will clean Shepard's Point in Alsea Bay. In addition, clean up crews will work on the beaches near Coos Bay today.

Individuals who see oil on the beaches or oiled wildlife should call (541) 563-7614. In addition, a community hotline has been established at (541) 563-7600 with regular updates on wildlife, vessel position and beach clean up. For information not included on the hotline, individuals may call (541) 563-7601 or (541) 563-7602.



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