Coast Guard Station Block Island conducted its annual seasonal closure for the summer boating season on Tuesday, September 3, 2013.
Block Island closes due to reduced marine traffic and transfers its response capabilities back to its primary command, Station Point Judith, Rhode Island. Point Judith is located 12 miles north of Block Island and provides search and rescue assets to Rhode Island Sound, Block Island Sound and waters offshore up to 50 miles south of Rhode Island.
Station Block Island is a seasonal station that is operated annually from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The station is scheduled to reopen on Memorial Day weekend 2014.
Mariners within Block Island Sound are reminded to report all marine emergencies to the Command Center at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England using VHF-FM radio channel 16 or by calling (508) 457-3211.