Coast Guard enforcing new restrictions at Oregon Inlet

OREGON INLET, N.C. – (WAVY)  Shoaling has forced the Coast Guard to restrict larger boats from going through the Oregon Inlet.

Coast Guard officials tell 10 on your side, the inlet getting shallower.  Boats with a draft greater than five feet deep are not allowed to get within 100 yards of the Bonner Bridge until further notice.  That means many larger boats cannot access the Atlantic Ocean. The Oregon Inlet is the only nearby access to the sea.  Many fishermen need the inlet to reach fish to make a living.

The Army Corps of Engineers has been working to keep the channel open.  Dare County has been paying millions of dollars to dredge in the area. But its been a constant fight with Mother Nature.

The Coast Guard says it will continue to monitor the Oregon Inlet and update boaters on navigation restrictions.

They also say the Hatteras Inlet, between Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands, is also shoaling.

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