Coast Guard Encourages Boaters to Secure Vessels, Gear for High Winds
Precautions can help reduce damage and unnecessary search and rescue operations.
Posted Jan. 6, 2014
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Coast Guard is advising mariners to prepare their vessels for incoming high winds Monday in advance of the arctic blast currently crossing the country.
The National Weather Service is predicting northwesterly winds estimated at 15-25 mph with gusts between 30-35 mph.
Gale warnings are predicted for the offshore areas from Flagler Beach, Fla., to Altamaha Sound, Ga., with seas rising between 8 and 11 feet Monday night and into Tuesday.
In anticipation of the weather, the Coast Guard advises mariners to ensure their vessels are properly tied down along their piers and moorings. Secondary mooring lines may be necessary. Mariners are also advised to ensure any loose items, such as life jackets, be put below decks or indoors. In the past, objects in the water have been misidentified as persons in the water, resulting in unnecessary search and rescue operations by the Coast Guard.
Vessels that break free and drift unattended also pose a potential risk of pollution.
Swimmers are advised to avoid activities in the water due to the dropping temperatures and rising seas.
For more information on the weather system, visit: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/graphicast.php?site=jax&gc=8
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