Yield to swimmers: annual Chesapeake channel closure Sunday

The Coast Guard will limit vessel traffic in part of upper Chesapeake Bay when as many as 650 competitors dive in for the Great Chesapeake Bay Swim June 9.

The temporary regulated area Sunday spans a narrows on either side of the William P. Lane Jr. Memorial Bridges that carry Highway 50 across the bay. The area will extend 500 yard north and south of each span, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. as swimmers make their way from Sandy Point State Park northeast of Annapolis, Md., across 4.4 miles to Kent Island.

During that time, “only designated marine event participants and official patrol vessels are authorized to enter the regulated area,” according to a statement from Coast Guard officials in Baltimore. “The Coast Guard patrol commander or designated marine event patrol may forbid and control the movement of all vessels in the regulated area.”

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