Coast Guard issues safety zone in Stockton Deepwater Channel due to downed power lines

The Coast Guard has issued a safety zone temporarily closing a section of the Stockton Deepwater Channel following the report of downed power lines in the channel, Sept. 14, 2018. The safety zone restricts all navigation in the vicinity of Blackslough Landing from aids-to-navigation lights 29 and 30 to lights 31 and 32 in the Stockton Deepwater Channel. The current safety zone will remain in effect until Sept. 16, but will be lifted earlier if navigation in the area is no longer impacted. (U.S. Coast Guard graphic /Released)

The Coast Guard has issued a safety zone temporarily closing a section of the Stockton Deepwater Channel following the report of downed power lines in the channel, Sept. 14, 2018.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

SAN FRANCISCO — The Coast Guard has issued a safety zone temporarily closing a section of the Stockton Deepwater Channel following the report of downed power lines in the channel, Friday afternoon.

Coast Guard Sector San Francisco Vessel Traffic Service personnel were notified by a tug-barge reporting that a crane on their barge struck the power lines, causing them to enter the channel.

A Coast Guard Station Rio Vista boat crew and Sector San Francisco investigators were dispatched to the scene. San Joaquin Police Department, Solano County Sheriff and PG&E personnel also responded.

The safety zone restricts all navigation in the vicinity of Blackslough Landing from aids-to-navigation lights 29 and 30 to lights 31 and 32 in the Stockton Deepwater Channel. The current safety zone will remain in effect until Sunday night, but will be lifted earlier if navigation in the area is no longer impacted.

“Safety is our top concern. We are working closely with our partner agencies and PG&E to facilitate the removal of any hazards to the waterway and reinstallation of the power lines,” said Chief Warrant Officer Mickey Price, Sector San Francisco waterways safety office. “We thank the community for their patience while we work to reopen the waterway as soon as it is safe to do so, to enable commercial and recreational transit to resume as we head into the weekend.”

The Coast Guard has issued a safety zone temporarily closing a section of the Stockton Deepwater Channel following the report of downed power lines in the channel, Sept. 14, 2018. The safety zone restricts all navigation in the vicinity of Blackslough Landing from aids-to-navigation lights 29 and 30 to lights 31 and 32 in the Stockton Deepwater Channel. The current safety zone will remain in effect until Sept. 16, but will be lifted earlier if navigation in the area is no longer impacted. (U.S. Coast Guard graphic /Released)

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