Safety zone declared for Tropical Storm Bill

The following is the text of a news release from the U.S. Coast Guard:

(HOUSTON) — The Coast Guard continues to broadcast notification of a federal safety zone in place for small crafts Tuesday on the waterways from Matagorda Bay to Galveston Bay.

This safety zone was established late Monday night and prohibits the use of small crafts and offshore transfer operations on the waterways referenced and will remain in effect until canceled by the captain of the Port of Houston. All mariners are required to adhere to these restrictions without delay.

Due to approaching severe weather, search and rescue assets will be limited.

The Lynchburg Ferry suspended services at approximately 7:20 a.m., due to rising tide levels.

In the event of an emergency, the Coast Guard Sector Houston Command Center can be reached on VHF Channel 16 or at (281) 464-4854.

By Professional Mariner Staff