Coast Guard to establish safety zones for Fleet Week

SAN FRANCISCO — Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary crews are working with local law enforcement agencies to ensure a safe and enjoyable Fleet Week, 2010.

A pair of Blue Angels pass over USCG Station Golden Gate's 47-foot Motor Lifeboat (MLB 47267) during Fleet Week activities Coast Guard cutters and small boats are enforcing safety and security zones during the Parade of Ships and for the Blue Angel air show Oct. 7-10, providing law enforcement support and standing by to assist boaters in case of emergency. This special local regulation will be announced through a broadcast notice to mariners as well as being published in the Federal Register.

Vessel traffic will be restricted throughout most of the Central Bay from the Golden Gate Bridge, south of Alcatraz, to just south of the Bay Bridge. This is to accommodate the Parade of Ships, as vessels pass under the Golden Gate Bridge to their assigned moorings in San Francisco. No vessel will be permitted to cross the parade line or interfere with the safe transit of the parade participants in any way. A 500-yard protective zone will also be enforced around each naval vessel the entire time they are in the port.

During the air show, Federal Aviation Administration regulations require a portion of the Central Bay, between the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz, be clear of all vessel traffic.

The Coast Guard reminds boaters to have the required safety equipment and to exercise good judgment while on the water. By ensuring all lifesaving equipment is in working order and filing a float plan with friends or relatives, boaters can increase the effectiveness of Coast Guard response in the event of an emergency.

For more information on the safely zone enforcements, charts and graphs, click here.

For schedules and additional information on Fleet Week 2010: visit www.fleetweek.us or contact 415.676.7007

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