Coast Guard Warns Mariners of Freezing Sea Spray in Northeast

National Weather Service LogoBOSTON- The Coast Guard is advising mariners to exercise caution over the next few days as the National Weather Service is calling for freezing sea spray throughout New England.

The Coast Guard First District is sending out a message to the fishing community through the vessel monitoring system to advise of the incoming weather.

In addition to the VMS messages, Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod will be conducting flights that will broadcast safety marine information broadcasts to mariners on VHF-FM channel 16 starting at 4 p.m., Jan. 22, 2011.

As ice continues to build, all mariners are reminded to use caution while transiting and or mooring vessels within areas that are common to ice formation. Vessel owners are encouraged to seek alternate moorings or haul out their vessels if they are concerned about damage due to ice formations.

Due to Coast Guard icebreaking operations and transits of large commercial vessels, ice that is attached to the shore may become dislodged and start to drift with the incoming and outgoing tides. This may affect structures and moorings attached to the shore.

The First District’s ice season goes from Dec. 15 – March 31.

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