Coast Guard urges caution along California coast


SAN FRANCISCO – The Coast Guard advises mariners and the public to use caution with high surf expected to pass through Northern California Sunday

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued a high-surf warning for the coastline extending from Sonoma to Monterey County. This means that there is an increased risk for rip currents and sneaker waves on west and northwest facing beaches

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.  NOAA’s website is a great resource. 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, vessel’s description, and expected time of return.

* Always have a working VHF marine radio aboard.

* Carry marine flares aboard the vessel.

* Ensure bilge pumps are operational and vessels are secure for heavy winds and rain.

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