Mariners urged to follow safety regulations as Ft. Pierce Inlet salvage operations continue

d7MIAMI — The Coast Guard is reminding mariners in the Fort Pierce Inlet area of temporary waterway restrictions to ensure the safety of crews conducting salvage operations for a barge that sank in late February.

A safety zone has been established round the sunken barge at the entrance of Fort Pierce Inlet at position 27-28’20”N, 080-17’13”W. Salvage operations are scheduled to continually through Thursday.

Coast Guard crews and local police marine units will remain on-scene throughout the operation. Mariners wanting to transit the inlet must contact law enforcement crews on VHF-FM Marine Channel 16 for directions on transiting the area safely. Restrictions will vary throughout the salvage operation, and divers will be in the water day and night, so mariners should exercise extreme caution while transiting the inlet.

Anchor points for the salvage crane barge are marked with crown buoys and strobe lights. All vessels are prohibited from transiting between the crown buoys and salvage vessels.

Mariners may contact Coast Guard Sector Miami via VHF-FM Marine Radio Channel 16 or by calling 305-535-4472.

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