Coast Guard warns mariners of upcoming winter storm

BOSTON – Coast Guard units in New England are pre-staging their crews and equipment and warning offshore mariners today in anticipation of severe weather conditions expected to arrive early Sunday, continuing throughout the day Monday, and generate wind gust up to 50 knots and seas around 25 feet.

To warn mariners of the storm, Coast Guard shore units are issuing safety broadcasts via VHF/FM radio. Additionally, a Falcon jet crew from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, Mass., is providing storm information to mariners offshore.

Coast Guard Cutters have heightened their readiness to respond as needed during the storm. Small boat station crews are bracing for the storm and are preparing for search and rescue operations as weather conditions allow.

The Coast Guard recommends that mariners take necessary preparations to stay safe during the storm, including seeking shelter as appropriate.

Further, mariners are encouraged closely monitor channel 16 VHF/FM for updated storm information.

“We know commercial fishing demand is high during the holiday season, but staying safe is the best gift a fisherman can give his family,” said Lt. Aurora Fleming, a First Coast Guard District Command Center duty officer.

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