As a result, USCG urges mariners to be extremely careful throughout the Miami Captain of the Port Zone, which includes the ports and waterways surrounding Fort Pierce, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and the Miami areas.

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Mariners are also called to check all safety equipment, conduct a fully charged cell phone, and file a float plan with a friend or family member before getting underway.

A US Coast Guard aircraft has been deployed to monitor communications in Sector Miami COTP Zone. The estimated time of repair is unknown, but the US Coast Guard informed that it is developing a radio coverage plan in case repairs cannot be fixed for an extended period.

USCG notes:

If in distress, mariners should attempt to call Coast Guard’s Seventh District Command Center at 305-415-6818 or 305-415-6800.