Coast Guard Closes Coos Bay Bar

ASTORIA, Ore. – The Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) Sector Columbia River, in Astoria, Ore., issued the closure of the Siuslaw River and Coos Bay bars in Oregon and due to hazardous conditions Wednesday.

Both closures apply to all vessels and any request to transit the bars prior to reopening must be approved by the COTP. Mariners may contact the Coast Guard on VHF-FM Channel 16 or Sector Columbia River by telephone at (503) 861-6211 for further information or to request crossing.

The Coast Guard will re-evaluate the bar closures on an ongoing basis and will re-open the waterway as soon as the offshore weather improves.

The Coast Guard understands the effects these closures have on commerce and will make every effort to re-open these waterways as soon as they are considered safe for navigation.

The Coast Guard reminds boaters it is dangerous to fish during high surf conditions.

Marinas and boaters are reminded to check that boats in port are properly secured, bilge pumps are functional, and all loose items are removed from decks. Report any boats adrift, pollution or other maritime emergencies to the National Response Center at (800) 424-8802 or your local Coast Guard unit.

This entry was posted on Wednesday, January 25th, 2012 and is filed under Local News, Press Releases.