Coast Guard urges mariners to take caution due to local inclement weather

CLEARWATER, Fla. – The Coast Guard is urging mariners to exercise caution while on the water today as inclement weather and rough seas pass through the area.

Mariners should take proper precautions to ensure their vessels and loose items are properly secured.  Before getting underway, boaters should check local marine forecasts for areas they will be transiting through prior to leaving the dock.

Small craft advisories may be in effect in various areas along the coast and mean conditions are unsafe for smaller vessels.

Boaters should also ensure the have all safety and emergency equipment and that it is in proper working order.  The Coast Guard strongly urges mariners to have a working VHF-FM marine radio as cellular signals can weaken offshore.

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