Coast Guard closes Rogue River detachment for the winter season

Pacific Northwest Coast Guard News
WARRENTON, Ore. — The Coast Guard closed its seasonal search and rescue detachment on the Rogue River in Gold Beach, Monday.

Mariners are advised that the closest response assets will now come from Coast Guard Station Chetco River in Brookings, resulting in an approximate one hour response time to the Rogue River area.

The Rogue River detachment is an extension of Station Chetco River and is operated seasonally from Memorial Day weekend through early fall.

For the 2013 summer season, the Rogue River detachment maintained a 25-foot Response Boat – Small for responding to local cases. Due to shallow water operating conditions on the river, the RBS is the only local asset capable of safely operating in the area.

“Each year we maintain a presence on the Rogue River during the busy summer and fall boating season,” said Master Chief Petty Officer Peter Janusch, officer in charge, Station Chetco River. “Prior to closing for the season, we evaluate the boating tempo on the Rogue River and adjust our detachment operations accordingly. We are dedicated to ensuring the safety of all boaters from the California border to north of the Rogue River.”

Boaters in the area who need assistance can contact the Coast Guard on Ch16 VHF marine radio or directly to Station Chetco River at 541-469-4571.

All boaters are encouraged to use extreme caution when attempting to cross the Rogue River bar during winter weather conditions. The Pacific Northwest is home to some of the roughest river bar crossings in the world. Many boating accidents and fatalities in the Pacific Northwest have been attributed to hazardous coastal bar conditions.

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