Coast Guard urges New York & New Jersey mariners, beachgoers to prepare for severe weather

300 2016-09-01_1006NEW YORK — The Coast Guard is advising mariners and swimmers along the New York and New Jersey coasts to use caution this week.

Tropical Depression Eight and Tropical Storm Hermine are forecasted to impact beaches and waterways from North Carolina to New York as they transit the Mid-Atlantic region during the next several days.

“With the potential for tropical depressions and rip currents in our area, our overall concern is ensuring the safety of everyone on the water,” said Capt. Thomas Morkan, Deputy of Coast Guard Sector New York command center. “We want to stress the importance of safety to all mariners, personal watercraft users, and beachgoers as these two weather systems pass through our region.”

Mariners are warned to take the following precautions to protect their vessels and their crews:
-Check bridge schedules for any changes and plan ahead accordingly.
-If a storm is approaching, do not go out to sea.
-Double-check lines securing your boat if it is moored up and take precautions for items stored loosely aboard.
-Contact local marinas for advice on how best to secure your vessel.
-Ensure that you have the proper signaling devices aboard your vessel and the correct amount of Personal Floatation Devices.
-Have a float plan in place before getting underway.
Swimmers and personal watercraft users are advised to:
-Be extra cautious of rip tides. Check your local beach forecast before you leave for the beach and talk with lifeguards located at the beach.
-Do not go swimming on a beach without a lifeguard.
-Make sure to have a proper personal flotation device for yourself and each of your loved ones when on the water.
-For information on how to identify and avoid rip currents, visit the following NOAA link:
For additional guidance mariners are advised to contact their local harbormaster.

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