Coast Guard continues Boston Harbor safety zone enforcement following tug Emily Anne sinking

The Coast Guard Cutter Pendant, a 65-foot ice-breaking tug homeported in Boston, is underway in Boston Harbor, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016, enforcing a safety zone. The safety zone restricts traffic in the North Channel following the sinking of the 55-foot tug boat Emily Anne. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Colin Smith)

The Coast Guard Cutter Pendant, a 65-foot ice-breaking tug homeported in Boston, is underway in Boston Harbor, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016, enforcing a safety zone.(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Colin Smith)

BOSTON – The Coast Guard is continuing to enforce a safety zone restricting traffic in the North Channel Thursday after the 55-foot tug boat Emily Anne sank east of Deer Island Tuesday morning.

The safety zone encompasses part of the North Channel and prohibits transit of deep draft vessels.

Vessel traffic will be restricted until channel surveys are complete and confirm the channel is clear of obstruction after divers discovered the Emily Anne may be broken apart.

The South Channel remains open and may be used by vessels that may safely navigate it.

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