Coast Guard mitigates navigational risks in Carolina Beach Inlet, NC

Two crew members of Coast Guard Cutter Bayberry, a 65-foot inland buoy tender homeported in Oak Island, North Carolina, prepare to drop a buoy in Carolina Beach Inlet in Federal Point, North Carolina, May 3, 2019. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently extended their dredging of the channel, enabling the Coast Guard to reestablish the inlet’s navigational aids. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Matthew Herman)

Two crew members of Coast Guard Cutter Bayberry, a 65-foot inland buoy tender homeported in Oak Island, North Carolina, prepare to drop a buoy in Carolina Beach Inlet in Federal Point, North Carolina, May 3, 2019. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Matthew Herman)

WILMINGTON, N.C. — The Coast Guard, Army Corps of Engineers and New Hanover County are working to together to mitigate navigational risks due to shoaling in Carolina Beach Inlet.

The shoaling required the Coast Guard to temporarily discontinue navigational aids in the inlet earlier this month.

Army Corps of Engineers Wilmington District and New Hanover County extended a planned dredging period through April 30. The Coast Guard is reestablishing the navigational aids based on the results of the dredging project.

“The most recent post-dredging survey is favorable and will allow the Coast Guard to safely reestablish the aids in the inlet,” said Coast Guard Lt. Brittany Akers, chief of waterways management division, Sector North Carolina. “We are hopeful conditions continue to improve so we can properly service the aids and provide a safe channel for mariners, which is our primary objective.”

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