WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The US Coast Guard National Strike Force suspended oil-pumping operations on the stranded freighter, New Carissa, because of bad weather. Wind gusts up to 70 mph prompted the National Weather Service to issue high wind warnings for southern areas of the Oregon coast. Winds were expected to die down by yesterday evening and operations are expected to resume today. Crews are making preparations to tow the bow approximately 248 miles off the Oregon coast. A towline is being specially fitted for the operation and was expected to arrive yesterday.
Beach cleanup continued as a crew of 45 walked 41 miles from Coos Bay to Florence picking up a total of 10 gallons of tar balls.