Coast Guard urges mariners to exercise caution during forecasted heavy weather

national weather serviceSAN FRANCISCO — The Coast Guard urges boaters and beachgoers to exercise caution in and around the waters along the Northern California coast due to forecasted weather conditions over the next several days.

Small craft advisories and a beach hazard statement have been issued for the following areas:

Point Reyes National Seashore to Big Sur – Beach Hazard Statement can be found here.

Point Pinos to Point Piedras Blancas – Small Craft Advisory can be found here.

Cape Mendocino to Point Arena – Small Craft Advisory can be found here.

The Coast Guard reminds people to remain vigilant and avoid going near low-lying beaches and other coastal areas including jetties and rocky areas during heavy weather. Large waves can quickly and unexpectedly sweep a person into cold and turbulent waters.

The Coast Guard also recommends that mariners always:

  • Stay informed and 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.
  • File a float plan with a family member or friend, which includes information about the boat, the number of passengers aboard, the destination of where the vessel will be operating and an expected time of return.
  • Have a working marine-band radio and use VHF-FM channel 16 in the event of an emergency.
  • Wear a life jacket.

More information on the current weather conditions can be found at the National Weather Service’s site at

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