USCG Urges Caution: Wind, Small Craft and High Surf Advisories in Effect This Weekend

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Guam – The U.S. Coast Guard is urging island residents to beware and take caution around the water this weekend, Wind, High Surf and Small Craft advisories are in effect.

The wind Advisory is in effect through Saturday at 6 pm. Northeast winds of 20 to 30 mph with occasional gusts over 35 mph are expected.

A High Surf Advisory is also in effect with waves on north-facing reefs expected to reach 9 feet Friday night and 10 feet on Saturday. The High Surf Advisory lasts through Sunday morning.

And there is a Small Craft Advisory in until Monday morning because of the rough seas out there.

Dangerous surf conditions have claimed the lives of 4 people this month alone.

A release from the Coast Guard advises inexperienced and experienced beach-goers alike to use caution while in the water and stay away from the reef lines.

*In areas with high surf, swimmers may have difficulty returning to shore because of the increased speed of rip currents.

*The strength and speed of a rip current will likely increase as wave height and wave period increases.

*Rip currents are especially dangerous because they have the potential to pull a swimmer out several hundred yards from shore and beyond the reef line.

* On Guam, rip currents can be found anywhere there is a break in the reef line. If in doubt, don’t go out!  

*For the boating public, if you must go out, ensure that you are wearing an appropriate personal flotation device (PFD) and have a means of signaling for help should you be in distress including operational long range radio communications.

*Another smart and safe step to take is filing a float plan which can be as easy as telling someone who is not a part of your activity on the water where you are leaving from, where you intend to go and when you will return. This information is invaluable to the Coast Guard in planning a Search and Rescue (SAR) operation should you not return on time.  

To report any maritime emergency please call the Sector Guam Command Center at 671-564-USCG.