Coast Guard Warns Boaters About Little Egg Harbor Inlet
The U.S. Coast Guard is telling mariners choosing to transit through Little Egg Harbor Inlet that they will be doing so “at their own risk.”
Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay released a Marine Safety Information Bulletin last Thursday.
“On or about March 6, 2017,” the notice reads, “the U.S Coast Guard will discontinue the below listed Aids to Navigation due to shoaling in Little Egg Harbor Inlet, NJ.
“Recent on-scene reports from local Coast Guard units indicate significant shoaling exists in the Little Egg Inlet between Little Egg Inlet Outer Lighted Whistle Buoy LE (LLN 1100) and Little Egg Inlet Buoy 10 (LLN 1131) to an average channel depth of 3 feet MLW (mean low water). As a result, the current aids to navigation in this shoaled portion of the waterway do not accurately mark safe water.”
The Coast Guard listed the following aids to navigation “will be discontinued to prevent leading mariners astray”: Little Egg Inlet (Chart Affected: 12316), Little Egg Inlet Buoy 2 (LLNR 1105), Little Egg Inlet Lighted Buoy 3 (LLNR 1110), Little Egg Inlet Buoy 4A (LLNR 1117), Little Egg Inlet Lighted Buoy 5 (LLNR 1120), Little Egg Inlet Lighted Buoy 6 (LLNR 1125) and Little Egg Inlet Buoy 8 (LLNR 1129).
“Little Egg Inlet Buoy 4 (LLNR 1115) is inaccessible to Coast Guard assets and cannot be removed at this time. Be advised Little Egg Inlet Buoy 4 (LNNR 1115) does not mark safe water,” the Coast Guard warned.
“Consult Local Notice to Mariners, 5th Coast Guard District for the latest positions and status of aids to navigation at navcen.uscg.gov.
“To report any aids to navigation discrepancies, shoaling, or hazards to navigation please contact Sector Delaware Bay Command Center at (215) 271-4807. The U.S. Coast Guard will continue to monitor the conditions of the waterway and update mariners as necessary.”
The notice was signed by B.A. Cooper, captain, U.S. Coast Guard, captain of the port, Delaware Bay. —R.M.