High Surf Advisory issued for Bay Area

February 13, 2009 6:59:40 AM PST
Much needed rain has been blanketing the Bay Area. It's been quite heavy in some areas and has brought warnings for Bay Area boaters.

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A High Surf Advisory will be in effect for Friday night with swells up to 20 feet expected. The Coast Guard is warning the public to stay away from the beaches or low lying areas - because you can quickly be swept out to sea; with the weather and sea being so cold - hypothermia could be a major concern.

Boaters should avoid taking to the waters over the next few days. If it is necessary to head out you are advised to bring all safety gear. Anyone who is getting close to the ocean should know what they are getting into.

"A lot of people don't understand the dangers of the coast. They are excited to see the waves and they don't realize how dangerous the ocean can be at times like this," said Charity Hoffman, Petty Officer, U.S. Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard wants to send out a reminder that if you choose to be unsafe - you are not only putting yourself at risk - but them as well.

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