Coast Guard opens Block Island station for the summer boating season

BLOCK ISLAND, R.I. — Coast Guard Station Block Island officially opened for the summer boating season, Friday, May 28, 2010.

From Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, Station Block Island, under the parent command of Station Point Judith, will have a boat and crew ready to respond for emergency calls 24 hours a day.

During the winter, the station, which covers Rhode Island Sound, Block Island Sound, and offshore waters up to 50 miles south of Rhode Island, closes due to low mariner traffic. Coast Guard Station Point Judith covers this area during the winter.

Mariners within Block Island Sound are reminded to report all marine emergencies to the Command Center at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England using VHF-FM radio channel 16 or by calling (508) 457-3211.

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