Coast Guard reminds boaters to stay safe during the upcoming 4th of July Holiday

SAN PEDRO, Calif. — The Coast Guard reminds boaters to exercise caution and safe boating within the waters of Central and Southern California harbors while enjoying the Fourth of July holiday.

The Coast Guard encourages all boaters and beach goers to be aware of boat traffic, prepare for potential hazards and keep advised of weather changes through the National Weather Service and to monitor VHF-FM channel 16 for the most current safety advisories.

“We want everyone to enjoy their holiday while exercising caution on or near the water,” said Capt. Charlene Downey, Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach commanding officer. “Boating safety is an essential component to activities on the water and we urge all mariners to remain vigilant while enjoying the holiday responsibly.”

Coast Guard law enforcement crews will be patrolling, conducting safety checks and watching for people boating while intoxicated or operating in an unsafe manner.

If visiting the local beaches, the Coast Guard advises all beach goers to swim near a lifeguard and be aware of rip currents. There has been a significant increase in shark sightings in the Southern California area. Check with lifeguards for the latest information on heavy surf or shark advisories.

The Coast Guard urges mariners to always:

  • Stay Informed – The public should be aware of weather conditions and monitor the progress and strength of currents through local television, radio and internet. Check the current and expected weather and water conditions before heading out, and be aware that weather conditions can quickly change.
  • Wear life jackets while on the water.
  • File a float plan with friends, family members and local marinas before heading out. The list should include the number of passengers aboard the vessel, vessel’s destination and expected time of return.
  • Always have a working marine-band radio on board.
  • Carry marine flares on board the vessel.
  • Ensure bilge pumps are operational and vessels are secure for heavy winds and rain.

For more information on boating safety, visit www.uscgboating.org.

Please visit the NOAA Website at www.noaa.gov for the most up to date information on weather broadcasts and current storm advisories.

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