Coast Guard Establishes Temporary Regulations for Parade of Lights

SAVANNAH, Ga. – The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary special local regulation for the Savannah River that will be in effect during the Parade of Lights event scheduled for Saturday.

The Parade of Lights event is an organized procession of recreational and commercial vessels on the Savannah River to celebrate the holiday season.

The regulated area of the Savannah River extends from the Talmadge Bridge to day board 62 and encompasses all waters from bank to bank. Day board 62 is approximately one and one-quarter nautical-miles down river from the Talmadge Bridge. The special local regulation goes into effect 6 p.m. Saturday and will remain in effect until 9 p.m. Saturday.

This special local regulation establishes certain operating restrictions on vessels navigating the Savannah River, which are necessary to protect the parade participants, spectators and other mariners.

Representatives from Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Savannah, as well as other Federal and local maritime law enforcement agencies, will be on-scene to enforce the terms and conditions of the special local regulation.

During the Parade of Lights event, no vessels except those participating in or supporting the parade are permitted to enter into the regulated area unless permission has been granted by the on-scene Coast Guard patrol commander. If entry into the regulated area is authorized, all persons and vessels must obey any direction or order issued through the Coast Guard patrol commander.

The on-scene Coast Guard patrol commander may be contacted by marine band radio on VHF-FM channels 23 or 16, or by telephone at (912) 210-1937.

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