Coast Guard announces annual opening of Rogue River Search and Rescue Detachment

Pacific Northwest Coast Guard News
GOLD BEACH, Ore. — The Coast Guard is scheduled to open its seasonal Rogue River Search and Rescue Detachment in Gold Beach, May 24, 2013.

The detachment is operated on a seasonal basis from Memorial Day weekend to early Fall depending on boating traffic and bar conditions. The Rogue River SAR detachment will be limited to operating the 25-foot response boat this season, due to shoaling which causes shallow water areas in the river. The river is no longer deep enough in many places to safely moor and operate a 47-foot motor lifeboat.

The 25-foot response boat crews are limited to operating in seas of six feet or less with no breaking surf. Coast Guard 47-foot motor lifeboats crews from Coast Guard Station Chetco River and helicopter crews from Coast Guard Air Station North Bend can respond to SAR in the vicinity of Rogue River.

The Coast Guard asks all boaters to pay close attention to bar conditions at the Rogue River as the weather can change rapidly causing conditions to deteriorate. A Rough Bar warning sign is posted at the Rogue River Station to notify boaters of any rough bar conditions. Contact Coast Guard Station Rogue River on VHF Channel 16 or land line (541) 247-7219 or (541) 469-2242.

Boaters are reminded to wear lifejackets while operating their boats and to ensure all distress signaling equipment is current and working properly. All vessels should carry an anchor with enough line attached to anchor their boat and continue to monitor marine weather broadcasts throughout the day.

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