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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

BEACH CLEAN UP EFFORTS CONTINUE

Governor Patterson and Beachside State Parks reopen today

Waldport, Ore., March 10, 1999 1200 hours

The Unified Command announced today that teams of workers cleaning beaches from Lincoln City, Ore., south to Coos Bay, Ore., are finding that the amount and size of tarballs on the beaches is steadily decreasing.

"Our shoreline cleanup and assessment teams continue to find small, scattered tarballs on the beaches. Most of them are weathered, meaning they pose less of a threat to wildlife," said Loren Garner of the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and a member of the Unified Command. "Some fresh tarballs continue to wash onto the beaches, but they are widely scattered and are about the size of a pencil eraser or smaller."

Officials this morning opened the beaches near Waldport that have been closed since the bow of the New Carissa came aground March 3. Governor Patterson State Park, where the bow washed ashore, and Beachside State Park to the south are both open. The parking lot at Governor Patterson State Park was the main staging area for towing and clean up operations, but the equipment has been consolidated to the north end of the parking lot and the restrooms and viewing area are available to the public.

Crews today will focus on cleaning beaches from the north spit in Waldport to the south jetty in Newport and from the north spit down to Yachats. The oil snare around the aquarium in Yaquina Bay will be pulled out today, as well as the snare in Alsea Bay. A protective boom will remain on standby in Alsea Bay and is ready to be put back in the water if necessary. In addition, crews continue to clean the beaches near Coos Bay, Ore. One team will focus on the area near the stern section of the New Carissa and another will clean up beaches from the Umpqua River north to Florence.

At noon today, the tug Sea Victory was 233 miles, or 201 nautical miles, west of Waldport



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