Coast Guard warns of high winds and surf in San Francisco Bay area

cg-D11SAN FRANCISCO — The Coast Guard Captain of the Port San Francisco recommends that all vessel owners and operators prepare their vessels for an approaching storm that is expected to arrive Friday in the afternoon.

The storm is expected to produce wind speeds up to 21 miles per hour and waves up to four feet high within San Francisco Bay and adjacent waters.

The National Weather Service has issued a high surf advisory for coastal waters from Point Reyes to Big Sur. Waves are expected to be between 13 and 16 feet high beginning Thursday and lasting through Saturday. The advisory can be found on the National Weather Service’s website which is located at

Beachgoers are advised to use extreme caution when walking near the water. Large waves can impact the beach with little or no warning and drag a person off shore in a matter of seconds. Swift and strong undercurrents combined with cold water temperatures make it nearly impossible to survive.

The Coast Guard recommends that during this period of high surf, beachgoers remain well clear of the beach foreshore where waves make landfall.

In the event that your vessel or someone aboard your vessel is in distress, call the Coast Guard on VHF/FM channel 16, or call the Coast Guard Sector San Francisco Command Center at 415-399-3451. If you see someone get swept out to sea, do not attempt to rescue them by entering the water – call 911 immediately.

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