Coast Guard warns swimmers, boaters of strong rip currents, swells along beaches


SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — U.S. Coast Guard officials are urging beachgoers and boaters to be cautious Sunday night through Tuesday morning because of forecasted strong swells along the Northern and Central California coasts, Coast Guard officials said.

The forecast calls for large breaking waves and strong rip currents on all beaches facing west and northwest from Sonoma County to Monterey County, according to Coast Guard officials.

Swells up the 15 to 18 feet are expected.

Boaters and beachgoers should be more cautious near jetties, inlets and piers where rip currents are stronger and more frequent, Coast Guard officials said.

Swimmers are urged to use a buddy system and swim close to a lifeguard, according to Coast Guard officials.

The Coast is ready to help if someone is in distress, Coast Guard officials said.

Here are some tips to stay safe:

  • Check the current and expected weather and water conditions before heading out
  • Always have a working VHF-FM radio, especially when recreating on the water, whether boating or involved in sports such as kayaking, paddle boarding, or kite and wind surfing
  • Wear life jackets while on the water
  • File a float plan with friends, family members or local marinas before heading out
  • Do not boat under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances
  • Keep children informed of water safety
  • Divers should evaluate their own physical condition as well as that of their equipment, never dive alone, and be willing to cancel their diving plans and choose another activity if ocean conditions are too rough
  • Dog owners are also reminded to protect their pets from rough waves and not to attempt to rescue their dog from a surf zone. It is important to remember to keep calm and allow the dogs to swim out on their own. More information on pet safety

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