Coast Guard urges boaters, beachgoers to be ready for inclement weather

SEATTLE – The Coast Guard reminds boaters and beachgoers to use extreme caution this weekend in response to hazardous weather predictions from the National Weather Service (NWS).

National Weather Service Logo“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 beach goers should follow these guidelines to ensure their safety:

1. Check local weather forecasts: Be aware that storms can come up quickly and without warning. Always check local weather conditions and forecasts before heading out.

2. Exercise extreme caution on the beach: Sudden, powerful waves can engulf the entire beach, knocking people down or throwing them violently against nearby rocks. Once in the water, strong 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 even cause sinking in extreme cases. Protect your boat and be sure your vessel is adequately covered when it is moored up to prevent flooding.

Regional weather information can be found by contacting the National Weather Service at:

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

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