Coast Guard urges mariners to be cautious of free-floating pier segment in Potomac River

A segment of a pier floats in the Potomac River, Maryland, March 08, 2018. The Pier was spotted by boatcrew members from U.S. Coast Guard Station Washington D.C. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Eric Thompson)

A segment of a pier floats in the Potomac River, Maryland, March 08, 2018. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Eric Thompson)

BALTIMORE — The Coast Guard is notifying mariners that a section of a pier, which is approximately 150 feet long, that was found floating in the Potomac River just south of Mallows Bay, Maryland, Thursday, poses a navigation hazard.

At 1:54 p.m., a Coast Guard Station Washington, D.C., boat crew notified watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Maryland-National Capital Region Command Center that they spotted the pier segment while conducting training.

The pier was too large for the station’s 29-foot Response Boat—Small crew to safely move.

A Broadcast Notice to Mariners is being transmitted via VHF-FM channel 16 every hour and will be updated with new information as it becomes available or until the object is removed.

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