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NEWS RELEASE US COAST GUARD ************************* U.S. Coast Guard to open West Neebish channel in its entirety SAULT STE. MARIE, MI - Vessel Traffic Service St Marys River, per 33 CFR 162.
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NEWS RELEASE
 
US COAST GUARD
 
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U.S. Coast Guard to open West Neebish channel in its entirety
 
SAULT STE. MARIE, MI - Vessel Traffic Service St Marys River, per 33 CFR 162.117, will open the waters between Nine Mile Point and Sawmill Point 0800 EST 22 April 2014.
 
These preparations are conducted in support of the 2014 Commercial Navigation Season.
 
The waterway will remain closed to commercial navigation until U.S. Army Corps of Engineers personnel complete dredge work in the area known as the Rock Cut.
 
U.S. and Canadian Coast Guard ice breakers will be working above and below the ferry crossing to clear a path for the dredge equipment.
 
Precautions will be taken to minimize the impact to Neebish Island Ferry operations.
 
Residents should prepare for minor service interruptions as the ice descending into the Rock Cut will most certainly prevent the ferry from operating on a normal schedule.
 
In the event of a medical emergency and ferry service is interrupted, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Sault Sainte Marie personnel are standing by at 906-635-3230 to facilitate the transportation of a patient should removal from the island become medically necessary.
 
All snowmobile, All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) operators, and other recreational users of the ice should avoid the shipping channel, plan their activities carefully, and use caution near the ice.
 
Further inquiries can be made by phone to the Vessel Traffic Service at (906) 635-3232 or via email at SOOTFC@USCG.MIL
 
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