Irene hits Northeast, Coast Guard prepared and responding

1st Coast Guard District NewsBOSTON — As storms from Hurricane Irene hit the northeastern coastline, Aug. 28, 2011, crews throughout the 1st Coast Guard District, which covers from Maine to New Jersey, weathered the storm to ensure they were prepared to respond quickly.

Though commercial traffic has resumed and conditions are deemed safe for large vessels in most major ports, the waters of the harbor are still rough and wind gusts are common. Swimmers, kayakers, fishermen and pleasure boaters are strongly advised to wait for further improvement in conditions before using the harbor for recreation.

The remnants of Hurricane Irene continue to pose a danger and waterborne leisure activities should be delayed for the next few days.

“Regardless of how things may look, we’re not out of the woods yet,” said 1st Coast Guard District Public Affairs Officer, Lt. Joe Klinker. “Our district, which covers the entire northeastern coastline, protects more than 10,000 fishing vessels, ports vital to the U.S. economy, and Americans in a region known for its maritime heritage. We’re out, ready to respond, but don’t want folks to put their guard down just yet.”

Wave heights and currents remain a danger. Even the best swimmers can fall victim to the strong waves and rip currents caused by hurricanes. Swimmers should stay clear of beaches until local lifeguards and law enforcement officials say the water is safe.

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