Boaters will be able to activate Fog Horns at 17 Lighthouses off the Coast of Maine.
The Coast Guard recently announced plans to install devices at 17 Maine Light Houses that will permit fog horns to be activated by boaters VHF radios.
Boaters encountering thick fog will be able to activate the installed sound signal on demand, by keying a standard VHF radio five times consecutively on VHF channel 83-A.
The fog signal will then be activated for up to 60 minutes.
Previously to this, fog horns were activated with fog detectors which would occasionally fail.
The Lighthouses scheduled to receive the devices are:
*Burnt Island Light/Boothbay Harbor
*Cape Elizabeth Light/Cape Elizabeth
*Dog Island Light/Eastport
*Egg Rock Light/Frenchman’s Bay
*Fort Point Light/Stockton Springs, Penobscot River
*Goat Island Light/Cape Porpoise
*Goose Rocks/North Haven
*Heron Neck Light/Vinal Haven
*Marshall Point Light/Port Clyde
*Owls Head Light/Owls Head
*Portland Head Light/South Portland
*Sequin Light/Sequin Island, Phippsburg
*Spring Point Light/South Portland
*Two Bush Light/Spruce Head
*West Quoddy Head Light/Lubec
*White head Light/Penobscot Bay
Currently, 8 light houses are up and running with the new system and a completion date sometime in May.