BOGUE INLET, Carteret County - The Coast Guard has temporarily discontinued 12 navigational aids in Bogue Inlet, near Emerald Isle in Carteret County and Swansboro in Onslow County.
The navigational aids were discontinued because heavy shoaling in the vicinity of Bogue Inlet has grown over in recent months. That means waterways have been inaccessible to vessels with a draft greater than three feet.
Officials said the aids to navigation no longer safely mark the channel. The impacted areas include:
* Bogue Inlet Buoy 6A (LLNR 29525)
* Bogue Inlet Buoy 7 (LLNR 29530)
* Bogue Inlet Buoy 8 (LLNR 29535)
* Bogue Inlet Buoy 10 (LLNR 29540)
* Bogue Inlet Buoy 11 (LLNR 29550)
* Bogue Inlet Buoy 12 (LLNR 29555)
* Bogue Inlet Buoy 13 (LLNR 29557)
* Bogue Inlet Buoy 14 (LLNR 29559)
* Bogue Inlet Buoy 15 (LLNR 29560)
* Bogue Inlet Buoy Lighted Buoy 16 (LLNR 29563)
* Bogue Inlet Buoy 17 (LLNR 29565)
* Swansboro Coast Guard Channel Junction Buoy CG (LLNR 29605)
"The Coast Guard has been assisting to keep up with this to mark safe passages for the mariners," Emerald Isle Town Manger Frank Rush told NewsChannel 12's Adaure Achumba. "At this point, due to the severity of the shoaling and the water depth, it is even a big hazardous for our crews."
The Army Corps of Engineers plans to return to the Inlet to conduct additional dredging in June, after which time the Coast Guard will re-establish the ATON.
"The Coast Guard is responsible for providing navigational systems, information and services that enable safe navigation," said Lt. Eunice A. James, Chief of Waterways Management Division at Sector North Carolina, in a press release. "We will continue to work with federal, state and local partner agencies to address safety concerns to waterway depth and safe placement of navigational aids."
Consult the Local Notice to Mariners, 5th Coast Guard District for the latest positions and status of ATON by clicking here.
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