Coast Guard issues ‘high winds’ warning to boaters

FAIRFIELD — Boaters are warned to limit “waterfront activity” due to a forecast of high winds today and Thursday, the U.S. Coast Guard said in a statement.

Swimmers and bathers are also advised to be cautious.

The forecast, from the National Weather Service, has winds blowing up to 45 mph in the greater San Francisco Bay Area.

“With winds forecast to exceed 25 mph and gusts of 45 mph, boaters should check local weather conditions and consider limiting boating time until strong winds and rough seas subside,” the report said. Coast Guard release. “The hazardous weather began Wednesday and is expected to continue through Thursday. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has issued a gale warning, small craft advisory, dangerous sea warning for Northern California and a lake wind advisory for Lake Tahoe.

The Coast Guard recommends mariners take the following precautions:

• Boaters, personal watercraft and paddle boat users are advised to stay out of the water due to dangerous wind and sea conditions.•
• Secure all paddle steamers so they do not end up in the water and cause false distress; ensure paddle boats and gear are properly labeled with owner contact information.
• Check the mooring lines when securing boats and take precautions for objects stored freely on board.
• Stay informed and aware of weather conditions and monitor the progress and strength of currents through local television, radio and the Internet. Check current and forecast weather and water conditions before setting off.
• File a float plan with a family member or friend, which includes information about the boat, the number of passengers on board, the destination of where the boat will be operating and an expected return time.
• Have a working marine radio and use VHF-FM channel 16 in case of emergency.
• Always wear a properly fitted lifejacket when out on the water and dress for sea temperatures, which are usually significantly cooler than on land

Additionally, beachgoers should consider the following safety tips:

• Stay clear of coastal piers and never turn your back on the ocean.
• Swimmers, surfers and windsurfers are urged to stay out of the water during this severe weather period due to the increased risk from rip currents and sneaker waves.

The latest weather information can be found at https://www.weather.gov/m/.

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