Seasonal Coast Guard station at Bandon, Ore., to open Memorial Day weekend

SEATTLE — Coast Guard Station Coos Bay in Charleston, Ore., will kick off the summer season in Bandon, Ore., Memorial Day weekend with the opening of Station Coquille River, Ore.

The detachment is opened seasonally due to increased boating traffic during the summer months, hazardous river bar conditions and for state-regulated all-depth halibut fishing.

Coast Guard crews from Station Coos Bay staff the station in Bandon every summer from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Strong currents, shallow depths and waves that break in seemingly calm conditions combine to make the entrance to Coquille River one of the most dangerous on the Oregon coast.

Station Coos Bay would like to remind mariners of a few safety tips whenever you venture out on the water:

  • Everyone should wear an appropriate lifejacket at all times. In an emergency, such as a capsizing, you will not have time to put one on.
  • Always be aware of your surroundings and location in relation to hazards. Watch for changes in the ocean or bar conditions.
  • Know the current weather, predicted weather and tides and currents. Observe the entrance for a while from land or from a boat in safe water well inside the entrance before attempting to cross the bar.
  • Mariners may contact Station Coos Bay at (541) 888-3267 or listen to 1610 AM to find out about weather conditions and any vessel restrictions
  • Ensure you have all safety gear onboard in good working condition. Examples include: VHF radio and flares for communicating distress, an adequate anchor with plenty of line capable of solidly anchoring your vessel in safe water in the event of engine failure. Know how to use all your safety equipment before you need it in a real emergency.

Knowledge, awareness, preparation and lifejackets are the first steps to a safe day on the water.

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