Mariners urged to exercise caution

Posted on Mar 15 2012

U.S. Coast Guard Sector Guam is warning boaters and beach goers to exercise caution in all waters across Micronesia throughout this weekend. The National Weather Service has issued a small craft advisory for all coastal waters surrounding Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan.

The small craft advisory will be in effect for all the islands through Sunday evening. Seas are expected to rise to 10 to 12 feet. Winds are also expected to increase in excess of 20 to 25 knots. High seas in combination with high winds will create exceptionally dangerous conditions for small vessels and swimmers.

The National Weather Service recommends mariners operating small vessels should avoid operating in these conditions. Mariners should only travel if necessary and check the current and forecasted weather conditions prior to getting underway. T

Boaters are strongly encouraged to have a VHF marine radio on board to monitor weather conditions, communicate with other mariners and call for help in the event of an emergency.

Report any maritime emergencies to the Coast Guard Sector Guam Command Center at 671-564-USCG. [B][I](USCG)[/I][/B]

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