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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

OFFICIALS DECIDE ON PLAN FOR SINKING BOW OF NEW CARISSA

Bow should reach scuttling site by midnight tonight;
operations to begin Thursday

Waldport, Ore., March 10, 1999 1830 hours

U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Navy officials announced today that if weather conditions remain good, they will place explosives along the water line on the exterior of the bow of the New Carissa Thursday in order to sink it in more than 9,000 feet of water.

The USS David R. Ray, the Navy destroyer carrying the explosives and the team that will place the explosives, should arrive on-site early Thursday, March 11. The Unified Command expects preparations for sinking the bow to begin soon after the USS David R. Ray arrives on-site, and if everything goes according to plan, detonation could commence by midday on Thursday the 11th.

A six-person Navy Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) team from Whidbey Island Naval Air Station was lifted onto the USS David R Ray by U.S. Coast Guard helicopter today. Some of the EOD members were also involved with the detonation of the oil on the New Carissa in Coos Bay, Ore. In addition, there will be a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter aboard the destroyer.

At 6:00 p.m. today the tug Sea Victory and the bow of the New Carissa were 251 miles, or 216 nautical miles, west of Waldport on their trip 248 nautical miles to sea where the bow will be sunk in more than 9,000 feet of water.

 

Other updates in the New Carissa incident:

WILDLIFE UPDATE
  • A total of 190 birds have been through rehabilitation since the New Carissa was first grounded February 4.

     

  • Of the 190 through rehabilitation, 162 had oil on them.

     

  • A total of 537 birds have been found dead since Feb. 4. and 244 of them had oil on them.

CLEANUP STATUS

  • Governor Patterson State Park and Beachside State Park are open to the public. Clean up crews still have equipment in the parking lot at Governor Patterson State Park, but have consolidated it to the north end, so the restrooms and viewing area are available to the pubic.

     

  • The boat ramp at Alsea Bay is open to the public.

     

  • A total of 1351 cubic yards of waste have been collected from beaches near Coos Bay and Waldport. 167 cubic yards of waste have been collected in the Waldport area since March 3, and 1,184 cubic yards of waste have been collected in the Coos Bay area since Feb. 4.

     

  • Crews today cleaned beaches from the north spit in Waldport to the south jetty in Newport, as well as from the north spit down to Yachats.

     

  • Crews working from the Yachats River to the Alsea Seawall found some oily debris and thatch on the north end of the south spit. They worked to clean it up today and will continue tomorrow, Thursday, March 11.

     

  • Crews working from the north spit up to Newport found very little oil today.

     

  • Shoreline cleanup and assessment teams working southeast of Shepard's Point found some larger tarballs, but they were very scattered. There are six people cleaning that up this afternoon and they plan to finish tomorrow. They expect to pick up five to six bags of waste from the area. Clean up crews Tuesday picked up about 20 bags of oily thatch and debris at Shepard's Point.

     

  • Shoreline cleanup and assessment did not find any oil in the south half of Alsea Bay today.

     

  • 20 people cleaning beaches in Coos Bay today collected about 1 quart of small tarballs from the north jetty to Baker Beach.

     

  • The oil snare around the aquarium in Yaquina Bay was 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.



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