Coast Guard urges caution due to forecasted hazardous surf conditions

national weather serviceSAN FRANCISCO — The Coast Guard urges boaters and beachgoers to exercise caution in and around the waters along the coastal north bay region due to forecasted weather conditions expected to impact the area beginning Thursday morning.

Hazardous surf conditions are expected to affect the local waters from Thursday morning to Friday morning, where surf heights are expected to build to 20 feet by midday.

The Coast Guard reminds people to remain vigilant and avoid going near low-lying beaches and other coastal areas including jetties and rocky areas during heavy weather. Large waves can quickly and unexpectedly sweep a person into cold and turbulent waters.

The Coast Guard recommends that mariners always:

  • Stay Informed – 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
  • File a float plan with a family member or friend, which includes information about the boat, the number of passengers aboard, the destination of where the vessel will be operating and an expected time of return
  • Have a working marine-band radio and use VHF-FM channel 16 in the event of an emergency
  • Wear a life jacket

“Mariners are advised to avoid boating in adverse weather conditions and especially near surf zones,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Brent Reid, a Coast Guard Sector San Francisco Command Center watchstander. “Mariners should be advised that Coast Guard rescue efforts can be significantly delayed in high surf conditions.”

More information on the current weather conditions can be found at the National Weather Service’s site at http://ift.tt/1RNBwUV.

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