Coast Guard cautions San Francisco Bay Area boaters of heavy weather

Pacific Southwest Coast Guard News
SAN FRANCISCO — The Coast Guard cautions the public to exercise safe and responsible boating practices in mind as high seas and strong winds are predicted to impact the San Francisco Bay Area for Wednesday and Thursday.

Northerly wind gusts as high as 63 mph are possible, creating sea conditions which can be dangerous.

Please check NOAA area weather site for the latest updates prior to getting underway.

“We recommend mariners avoid taking to the water during storm conditions,” said Lt. Cmdr. Shawn Lansing, Coast Guard Sector San Francisco’s Command Center Chief. “If it is necessary to get underway, mariners are urged to check all of their safety equipment to ensure it is in good condition and working properly.”

The Coast Guard also encourages all vessel owners and operators to check the status of mooring and anchoring arrangements.  Vessels that are not properly secured during a storm can break free from moorings, often a result of worn lines, an insufficient numbers of lines, or an improperly sized anchor or anchor chain. It is a good idea to double up vessel mooring lines during strong winds and heavy seas.  Vessels that become adrift pose severe hazards to nearby people and vessels and can also pose environmental risks as any fluids or chemicals aboard can spill or leak.

“When vessels, dinghies, and other craft are reported adrift, the Coast Guard treats each situation as distress until we are able to rule it out.” said Lansing. “By addressing mooring safety and securing potential sources of marine pollution, the public is greatly assisting the Coast Guard in reducing risk to our crews, other mariners, and the environment.”

USCG Storm Center: www.uscg.mil/news/stormcenter.

NOAA Marine Weather from Fort Bragg to Piedras Blancas, Calif,: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/mtr/

USCG Safe Boating: www.uscgboating.org.

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