Coast Guard warns of no offshore radio communications along South Florida coast

MIAMI — Coast Guard Sector Miami reported a loss of radio communication capability Wednesday.

The Coast Guard cannot monitor radio traffic offshore and is urging mariners to use extreme caution throughout the Miami Captain of the Port Zone, which includes the ports and waterways surrounding Fort Pierce, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and the Miami areas.

Mariners are reminded to check all safety equipment, carry a fully charged cell phone, and file a float plan with a friend or family member before getting underway.

If in distress, mariners should attempt to call Coast Guard’s Seventh District Command Center at 305-415-6818 or 305-415-6800.

A Coast Guard aircraft has been launched to monitor communications in Sector Miami COTP Zone. The estimated time of repair is unknown, but the Coast Guard is developing a radio coverage plan in the event repairs cannot be fixed for an extended period.

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