Coast Guard Station Block Island to close for winter season

BLOCK ISLAND, R.I. — U.S. Coast Guard Station Block Island will officially conduct the annual seasonal closure for the summer boating season on Tuesday, September 7th 2010.

During the winter, Block Island closes due to reduced marine traffic and transfers its response capabilities back to the parent command at Station Point Judith, Rhode Island. Point Judith is located 12 nautical miles north of Block Island and provides search and rescue assets to Rhode Island Sound, Block Island Sound and waters offshore up to 50 miles south of Rhode Island.

Mariners within Block Island Sound are reminded to report all marine emergencies to the Command Center at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England using VHF-FM radio channel 16 or by calling (508) 457-3211.

It will reopen on Memorial Day weekend 2011.

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