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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

NAVY DESTROYER DAVID R. RAY ARRIVES AT SINKING SITE

Preparations to sink bow of New Carissa are underway

Waldport, Ore., March 11, 1999 1000 hours

The tug Sea Victory and the bow of the New Carissa met the USS David R. Ray, the Navy destroyer tasked with sinking the bow, early this morning at the sinking site. If conditions remain good, detonation could begin this afternoon.

There was flooding on the bow during its trip to sea, and it is listing about 15 degrees starboard. Six members of the Navy Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) team and U.S. Coast Guard Lieutenant Commander John Cushing, a naval architect, will be lifted onto the deck of the New Carissa by U.S. Coast Guard helicopter. They will place demolition charges on the hull.

The charges will be detonated in a sequence that will flood the stern of the vessel first, which will help trap the oil inside. The USS David R. Ray will also use its five-inch guns to puncture the hull as needed for controlled flooding. "We want to initiate as much flooding as possible," said U.S. Coast Guard Lieutenant Commander John Cushing.

The crew of the David R. Ray reported at 9:00 this morning that the weather is cooperative, with swells of about 8 feet and winds about 20 knots.

While crews sink the wrecked vessel in an effort to eliminate the threat of any additional impact on Oregon's coastline, clean up of oil that did leak from the New Carissa continues on beaches from Coos Bay, Ore. to Lincoln City, Ore. Clean up personnel will work beaches from the Yachats River north to Yaquina Bay today. In addition, clean up will continue on Shepard's Point in Alsea Bay, where crews yesterday found scattered tarballs. They expect to collect five to six bags of waste from the area today. Shoreline cleanup assessment teams will survey beaches from the Yachats River north to Lincoln City, and report any tarballs to clean up crews.



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