Coast Guard urges mariners to prepare for high surf

SAN FRANCISCO – The Coast Guard urges mariners to use caution with the onset of high surf expected to pass through Northern California Sunday and Monday.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued a high-surf warning for west facing shores. This means that there is an increased risk for rip currents and sneaker waves.

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 site, 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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