Beach Hazards Statement Issued for Point Reyes National Seashore for Saturday, October 10, 2015

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Date: October 9, 2015
Contact: John Golda, 415-464-5143

A beach hazard statement has been issued by the National Weather Service and is in effect from Saturday morning, October 10 through Saturday evening, October 10. All visitors to park beaches should show caution if near the water.

A long period swell from the west-southwest is expected to move into coastal waters on Friday evening and it will increase the risk of strong rip currents along park beaches through at least Saturday evening. A larger northwesterly swell will enter local waters on Saturday night and persist through Sunday. This swell could also increase the chance of rip currents along park beaches.

A beach hazard statement for rip currents means that conditions are present that support a heightened risk of strong rip currents. People walking along the beach should never turn their back to the ocean and use extra caution when near the water with children or, where allowed, pets on leash. Fishermen should avoid fishing from rocks or jetties. Swimmers caught in rip currents should swim parallel to the coast to escape the rip current before trying to swim for shore. Swimmers should always swim near a lifeguard.

The warm weather will bring many people to seek relief along the coast. For additional safety tips, visit our Safety Issues Associated with Beaches page.


Last updated: July 2, 2017

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