Weather Advisory: Boaters warned of high seas

LOS ANGELES – The National Weather Service is warning of high seas beginning Tuesday that are expected to last though Thursday. The Coast Guard strongly urges recreational boaters to remain in port during this time.

Seas off the Santa Barbara, Santa Monica and San Pedro seacoast are expected to range from 8-10 feet by Tuesday night and 5-7 feet by Wednesday night. According to the National Weather Service seas near shore will present a danger to even the largest of ships.

Boaters who plan on venturing out should take extra precautions to ensure their own safety.

“Recreational boating is not advisable for the next couple of days. Those who do plan on boating should tell someone where they are going, and make sure they have their required safety equipment such as lifejackets for everyone on board and signal flares,” said Lt. Andrew Muñoz spokesman for Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach.

The Coast Guard suggests boaters also equip their boats with GPS, a marine VHF radio, and 406Mhz Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB). “Often boaters in distress will rely on their cell phones. Coverage off shore can be unreliable. With a marine VHF radio boaters in distress can contact the Coast Guard on channel 16. We have someone listening to that channel 24-hours a day,” said Muñoz.

The most current marine forecast is available on the National Weather Service web site at http://www.weather.gov/. Boating safety requirements and education information can be found at http://www.uscgboating.org/.

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