LOS ANGELES — The Coast Guard advises the public to exercise caution while enjoying the upcoming holiday boat parades in the Central and Southern California harbors.
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.
“Throughout the month of December, several holiday boat parades will be taking place in the Southern California harbors,” said Capt. Charlene Downey, commander, Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach. “We would like everyone to enjoy the parades safely, do not boat under the influence, file a float plan and remember to wear your lifejackets. Happy Holidays!”
Coast Guard law enforcement crews will be patrolling, conducting safety checks, and watching for people boating while intoxicated or operating in an unsafe manner.
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.