In the wake of Sandy, the Coast Guard is advising boaters to use extra caution when navigating local waterways. Due to high winds and associated flooding and strong currents, floating aids to navigation may be extinguished, off-station, missing, or otherwise not operating properly. Buoys may be partially submerged and/or misleading as to day beacon, color characteristics and numerical marking. Sound signals on aids may be inoperative. Fixed aids to navigation may be destroyed.

Large debris in abundance may be present in the waterways.

As always, any vessel casualties, pollution, or any incidents that may affect navigable waterways should be reported to Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England command center via VHF channels 16 or 22, or via phone at (508-457-3211).

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