Coast Guard urges mariners to use caution in high winds, seas

Hawaii-Pacific Coast Guard News
HONOLULU — The Coast Guard urges mariners to use caution on the water while high winds and surf pass through the Hawaiian Islands, Monday and Tuesday.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued a high surf warning for east facing shores and a small craft advisory for all coastal waters.

Winds can be very unpredictable and strong through island passes and channels.

The Coast Guard urges mariners to always:

* Stay Informed – The public should be aware of weather conditions and monitor the progress and strength of the storm 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 radio aboard.

* Carry marine flares aboard 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.

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