New England Buoys Ravaged by Storm

BOSTON – Following a severe spring Nor’Easter, the Coast Guard is urging mariners to use extreme caution while underway as numerous aids to navigation throughout New England waters have been damaged by the storm.

Upon initial assessment, the Coast Guard determined that more than two dozen aids were either not working, missing or adrift with some washed up on the shore.

With this discovery, the Coast Guard immediately initiated planning for recovery and repairs.

To further evaluate the extent of damage, Coast Guard auxilliary aircraft and an HU-25 Falcon jet from Air Station Cape Cod are flying offshore and coastal patrols.

Arrangements have been made at Coast Guard buoy depot sites to ensure an adequate stock of hardware, such as new chain, buoy anchors, etc. will be readily available to complete all repairs.

Although an initial assessment indicated that no main shipping channels would be grossly affected, many Coast Guard land units from Maine to New Jersey are broadcasting notifications to warn mariners of affected areas.

Coast Guard aid-to-navigation teams are working to repair or replace the damaged aids, but the expected time of full restoration is not yet known.

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