Apr 27, 2012
As coastal and inland spring temperatures start to warm, drowning risks multiply on North Coast beaches and rivers.
Below is important information from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) about recreational water safety:
“North Coast rivers can be very dangerous. Remember that the water flows much faster, and deeper, only a short distance from shore. You can easily be swept into a deadly situation if you are not paying attention. The rivers are also constantly changing and producing new hazards, such as submerged trees. This is especially true after a winter like the one we just had. Check out the river before you enter, wear a life vest for all your river activities, and be especially watchful with children.
North Coast beaches and headlands can also be very dangerous, but a few tips can keep you safe. Even on relatively calm days, when most waves seem small, large waves can strike without warning and wash you out to sea. Stay alert, stay back from the surf, and remember, turning your back on the surf is like crossing a busy street with your eyes closed—it’s asking for trouble.”