The Coast Guard is urging mariners to use extreme caution while transiting the Merrimack River entrance due to significant shifting and shoaling between the #2 red and #3 green buoys.
Several recent accidents and near misses on the narrow, heavily congested portion of the Merrimack River have created a major safety concern.
To help ensure the public has a safe and pleasurable boating experience, the Coast Guard, Massachusetts Environmental Police, Newburyport Harbormaster, and the Coast Guard Auxiliary will be conducting safety patrols on the Merrimack River bar, focusing on the river mouth.
“Our first priority is the safety of the boating public,” said Senior Chief Petty Officer Mark Dilenge, officer in charge of Coast Guard Station Merrimack River in Newburyport, Massachusetts.
He said the best way to ensure an enjoyable time on the water is to boat responsibly.