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Dec 29, 2014 1:33 PM

US Coast Guard making changes to foghorn system on Seacoast


PORTSMOUTH - Some Seacoast residents are sounding the alarm over a plan in the works to change how the foghorns on the coast are activated.

The United States Coast Guard is upgrading its system to a newer technology. They say old one is outdated and not as safe.

The old foghorns would activate automatically when they detected fog. The new system will allow mariners to activate them manually. Some residents are upset they won't hear the horns as often.

US Coast Guard Lt. Scott McCann works in South Portland, Maine, and he says the sound will be identical to the old one, it's just a change of when and how it is activated.

"That way, if the mariners want the sound signal activated because they need it to warn them of an obstruction, then they have access to activate that sound signal. And it's also a more reliable system," McCann said.

Seven of 18 foghorns on the NH and Maine seacoast have already been converted. The coastguard plans to finish them all by the end of 2015.


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