Coast Guard warns boaters, beachgoers of inclement weekend weather

National Weather Service LogoSEATTLE – The Coast Guard reminds boaters and beach goers to exercise caution this weekend in response to hazardous weather predictions from the National Weather Service.

“Safe boating includes taking care of your boat even at the dock,” said Captain Salvatore Palmeri, Chief of Incident Management for the 13th Coast Guard District.”  “Severe weather conditions can blow boats off their moorings and even sink them at the pier.”

Boaters and beachgoers should follow these guidelines to ensure their safety:

1. Be aware of local weather forecasts and warning:  Be aware that storms can develop quickly and without warning, rapidly deteriorating coastal and offshore marine conditions.  Always check local weather conditions and forecasts before heading out on the water or to the beach.

Regional weather information can be found on the National Weather Service website.

Coastal weather warnings for Washington can be viewed by clicking here.

Coastal weather warnings for Oregon can be viewed by clicking here.

2. Exercise caution on the beach:  Sudden, powerful waves can engulf areas of the beach, knocking people down or throwing them against nearby rocks. In the water, strong rip currents can pull people out to sea. Waves breaking on the beach can also toss driftwood or debris on beachgoers. Be aware of rising tides. High tides can trap people on rock formations and in coves. Always let someone know where you are going and walk with a buddy.

3. Cover and secure your boat:  Heavy rains can flood boats and cause sinking in certain cases.  Protect your boat and be sure your vessel is adequately covered when it is moored to prevent flooding.

Boaters can contact emergency responders via Channel 16 VHF-FM marine band radio.

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