Coast Guard urges Southern California boaters to practice caution during weekend’s inclement weather

SAN PEDRO, Calif. – The Coast Guard cautions members of the public in coastal locations around Southern California to be aware of the dangerous and rapidly changing weather conditions expected to enter the area Friday. Heavy downpours, gusty winds and small hail are predicted for the Los Angeles area late Friday into Saturday.

The Coast Guard strongly recommends that individuals avoid taking to the water during storm conditions. If it is necessary to get underway, mariners are urged to check all of their safety equipment to ensure it is in good condition and working properly.

The Coast Guard also encourages all vessel owners and operators to check the status of mooring and anchoring arrangements. During strong winds and heavy seas, vessels can break free from moorings, often a result of worn lines, an insufficient number of lines, or an improperly sized anchor and/or anchor chain. Adrift vessels pose several hazards to nearby people and vessels as they are tossed about, and can also pose environmental risks as any fluids or chemicals aboard can spill or leak. The Coast Guard urges vessel owners and operators to take extra precautions in anticipation of the forecasted storm system by addressing mooring safety and securing potential sources of marine pollution.

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