Lawyers for Newport Fishermen's Wives, the city of Newport and others suing the U.S. Coast Guard to prevent the planned closure of the Coast Guard's helicopter station in Newport told a federal judge Tuesday that the agency had violated rules governing such a closure.
Further, they said, the agency had "callously" disregarded the dangers that would be posed to anglers and others when their craft capsize in the waters off the central Oregon coast.
They asked the judge to block the agency's plans to close the air station next week.
"The Coast Guard ... alleges that plaintiffs ... 'cannot show that their members, their husbands or children (or anyone else for that matter) will be swept or fall into the Pacific Ocean or that any fishing vessel will capsize at sea,'" the Fishermen's Wives brief reads, adding: "The Coast Guard is mistaken."
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