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9th District Great Lakes Public Affairs
U.S. Coast Guard

News Release

November 01, 2012


Ninth Coast Guard District

Contact: Ninth Coast Guard District External Affairs Office

Email: D9PublicAffairs@gmail.com

Office: (216) 902-6020

Mobile: (216) 310-2608

PHOTOs: Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Cleveland personnel assess storm damage at Cleveland marinas

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Lt. j.g. Sara Cahill and Petty Officer 1st Class Joshua Campbell, both from Marine Safety Unit Cleveland, discuss the damaged docks and boats at the Emerald Necklace Marina along the Rocky River near Cleveland, Nov. 1, 2012. The Emerald Necklace Marina was just one of the many marinas in the greater Cleveland area that suffered severe damage from Superstorm Sandy as it crossed the Eastern seaboard and the Great Lakes region. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Levi Read.

Lt. j.g. Sara Cahill and Petty Officer 1st Class Joshua Campbell, both from Marine Safety Unit Cleveland, discuss the damaged docks and boats at the Emerald Necklace Marina along the Rocky River near Cleveland, Nov. 1, 2012.

The Emerald Necklace Marina was just one of the many marinas in the greater Cleveland area that suffered severe damage from Superstorm Sandy as it crossed the Eastern seaboard and the Great Lakes region.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Levi Read.

Petty Officer 1st Class Joshua Campbell, from Marine Safety Unit Cleveland, reports a capsized boat at the Emerald Necklace Marina during a damage assessment, Nov. 1, 2012. The Emerald Necklace Marina, located along the Rocky River, was just one of the many marinas in the greater Cleveland area that suffered severe damage caused by Superstorm Sandy as it crossed the Great Lakes region. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Levi Read.

Petty Officer 1st Class Joshua Campbell, from Marine Safety Unit Cleveland, reports a capsized boat at the Emerald Necklace Marina during a damage assessment, Nov. 1, 2012.

The Emerald Necklace Marina, located along the Rocky River, was just one of the many marinas in the greater Cleveland area that suffered severe damage caused by Superstorm Sandy as it crossed the Great Lakes region.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Levi Read.

Petty Officer 1st Class Joshua Campbell, from Marine Safety Unit Cleveland, walks down a dock, at the Cleveland Yachting Club, to assess the floating debris field that lies along the dock, Nov. 1, 2012. The docks and boats at the Cleveland Yachting Club were just some of the many that were damaged at marinas in the greater Cleveland area caused by Superstorm Sandy as it crossed the Great Lakes region. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Levi Read.

Petty Officer 1st Class Joshua Campbell, from Marine Safety Unit Cleveland, walks down a dock at the Cleveland Yachting Club to assess the floating debris field that lies along the dock, Nov. 1, 2012.

The docks and boats at the Cleveland Yachting Club were just some of the many that were damaged at marinas in the greater Cleveland area caused by Superstorm Sandy as it crossed the Great Lakes region.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Levi Read.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Caleb Thibeault, Petty Officer's 1st Class Richard Forte and Ryan Witterschein, all from Marine Safety Unit Cleveland, maneuver a sunken boat along a dock at Whiskey Island Marina in Cleveland in order to document the hull number for damage assessment reports, Nov. 1, 2012. The Whiskey Island Marina was just one of the many marinas in the greater Cleveland area that suffered severe damage from Superstorm Sandy as it crossed the Great Lakes region. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Levi Read.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Caleb Thibeault and Petty Officers 1st Class Richard Forte and Ryan Witterschein, all from Marine Safety Unit Cleveland, maneuver a sunken boat along a dock at Whiskey Island Marina in Cleveland in order to document the hull number for damage assessment reports, Nov. 1, 2012.

The Whiskey Island Marina was just one of the many marinas in the greater Cleveland area that suffered severe damage from Superstorm Sandy as it crossed the Great Lakes region.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Levi Read.


Lt. j.g. Sara Cahill from Marine Safety Unit Cleveland, looks at a grounded sailboat during a damage assessment at the Whiskey Island Marina in Cleveland, Nov. 1, 2012. The Whiskey Island Marina was just one of the many marinas in the greater Cleveland area that suffered severe damage from Superstorm Sandy as it crossed the Great Lakes region. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Levi Read.  Lt. j.g. Sara Cahill from Marine Safety Unit Cleveland, looks at the many damaged boats and docks in the Whiskey Island Marina in Cleveland, Nov. 1, 2012. The Whiskey Island Marina was just one of the many marinas in the greater Cleveland area that suffered severe damage from Superstorm Sandy as it crossed the Great Lakes region. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Levi Read.  Petty Officer 1st Class Alan Kinney, a member of Marine Safety Unit Cleveland, assesses damage caused by Hurricane Sandy at Whiskey Island Marina in Cleveland, Oct. 31, 2012.  Members of MSU Cleveland are responsible for executing the Coast Guard’s Port Safety and Security, Marine Environmental Protection, and Commercial Vessel Safety missions under the auspices of the Department of Homeland Security.  Photo courtesy of MSU Cleveland  Petty Officer 1st Class Alan Kinney, a member of Marine Safety Unit Cleveland, assesses vessel damage, and looks for any potential pollution and vessels that may create a potential hazard to navigation at Whiskey Island Marina in Cleveland, Oct. 31, 2012.  Members of MSU Cleveland are responsible for executing the Coast Guard’s Port Safety and Security, Marine Environmental Protection, and Commercial Vessel Safety missions under the auspices of the Department of Homeland Security.  Coast Guard photo courtesy of MSU Cleveland
  

CLEVELAND — The Coast Guard is continuing efforts to assist the various marinas in the greater Cleveland area to recover from damages suffered when Superstorm Sandy crossed the Great Lakes region Monday through Wednesday.

Personnel from Marine Safety Unit Cleveland have been conducting damage assessments by landside harbor patrols in order to discern response and recovery actions.  MSU Cleveland personnel will continue to catalog all sunken vessels and potential pollution cases.  Crews are in the process of finding and contacting the responsible parties and making National Response Center notifications.

MSU personnel have reached out to the Cleveland Port Authority concerning potential use of the newly commissioned debris recovery vessels to assist in debris recovery. The two vessels are located at the Edgewater Marina. The port authority plans to commence debris pick-up and assist with salvage operations once the weather permits.  Officials with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources have located and marked all the sunken vessels.

The MSU also requested a survey be conducted by the Army Corps of Engineers of the Rocky River from Emerald Marina to the mouth of the river due to a submerged vehicle and several submerged vessels.  ACOE Buffalo personnel started the survey Thursday at 11 a.m.

So far, the MSU Cleveland personnel have located 15 heavily damaged boats at the Edgewater Marina with one posing a serious risk of sinking due to a hole in its hull near the waterline. There are also 15 confirmed sunken vessels at the marina with another 10-15 boats unaccounted for.  MSU personnel are currently working to identify and compile boat owner information.

At the Whiskey Island Marina, there are approximately 30 significantly damaged vessels that are being pushed against the south bulkhead of the marina, alongside broken piers and debris.  Because of broken piers, many portions of the marina are inaccessible, so the status of some parts of the marina is unknown at this time. Of the six confirmed vessels sunk in this marina, two are power boats and four are sailboats. MSU personnel are currently working to identify and compile boat owner information at this marina as well.

At the Emerald Necklace Marina along Rocky River, vessels made off to the pier are firmly in place, however the pier itself is damaged and poses a risk of breaking free.  The owner of the marina has been in contact with multiple salvage and contracting companies and hopes to rectify the issue as soon as weather conditions permit access.

Several other marinas also have confirmed damage to boats and piers, and the Coast Guard continues to monitor those situations as well.

Any citizens who own boats that were moored at these locations, who know of their vessel's whereabouts and have not yet been contacted by the Coast Guard, should contact the Coast Guard at 216-701-5989. This is especially true if the vessel sank or is threatening to sink or may cause pollution as a result of the recent storms.
 The Coast Guard is also concerned about vessels that may be blocking navigational routes.

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