Coast Guard urges mariners to contact watchstanders by phone during VHF outages

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News Release  

Sept. 10, 2017
U.S. Coast Guard 7th District PA Detachment Tampa Bay
Contact: Coast Guard PA Detachment Tampa Bay
(305) 965-4672

Coast Guard urges mariners to contact watchstanders by phone during VHF outages


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Coast Guard requests mariners in life-threatening situations along Florida's Gulf Coast contact Coast Guard watchstanders by phone during the absence or degradation of VHF radio communications caused by Hurricane Irma.  

Mariners unable to reach the Coast Guard by VHF radio should use contact Sector St. Petersburg Command Center at 727-896-6187 or 727-896-6188 until radio signals improve or are restored.

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