Coast Guard urges caution for hazardous ocean and beach conditions

cg-D11SAN FRANCISCO — The Coast Guard is urging boaters, fishermen, divers and beachgoers to exercise caution in and around the waters along the Northern and Central California coast due to forecasted colder temperatures, strong winds, precipitation and king tides Monday evening through Wednesday.

The first set of extreme high tides, or king tides, are anticipated to impact all beaches and coastal areas in Central and Northern California on Tuesday morning. King tides combined with rainwater runoff, strong onshore winds and larger surf will likely cause flooding of coastal Marin and low lying areas around the San Francisco and Monterey bays. In particular, the anticipated areas of impact include beaches, coastal access areas, low lying roads, trails, docks, harbors, tidal flats, etc.

“We encourage all persons on or around the coast to remain especially cautious during this storm system,” said CWO Andrew Cohen, Command Duty Officer at Coast Guard Sector San Francisco. “We stand ready to respond if boaters and beachgoers find themselves in distress.”

The Coast Guard offers the following safety tips on the water:

* Stay Informed – Be aware of weather conditions and monitor the progress and strength of storms through local television, radio and internet. Be aware that weather conditions can change quickly. Check the current and expected weather and water conditions before heading out.

*When recreating on the water, whether boating or kayaking, paddle boarding, or kite and wind surfing, always have VHF-FM radio. Mobile phones may not be reliable on the water, and the Coast Guard has the ability to determine your general location when you call with a VHF-FM marine-band radio, which can effect a quick response when mariners are in distress.

*Wear life jackets while on the water. In 2013, 84 percent of boating-related drowning victims were not wearing life jackets.

*File a float plan with friends, family members or local marinas before heading out. A float plan should include contact information, the number of passengers, the vessel’s destination and expected time of return.

*Do not boat under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances, because it can impair your judgment, vision, balance and coordination. Boat motion, vibration, engine noise, sun, wind and spray can accelerate impairment.

*Keep children informed of water safety. The Coast Guard encourages educating children on water safety. For more information on boating safety for kids, visit

*Divers should evaluate their own physical condition as well as that of their equipment, never dive alone, and be willing to cancel their diving plans and choose another activity if ocean conditions are too rough.

*Dog owners are also reminded to protect their pets from rough waves and not to attempt to rescue their dog from a surf zone. It is important to remember to keep calm and allow the dogs to swim out on their own.

For more information on how to protect your pets, please visit

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