Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

The U.S. Coast Guard Wednesday urged Southland beachgoers and boaters to exercise “extreme caution” in light of a high surf advisory in effect through Thursday.

“Beachgoers are advised to use extreme caution when walking near the water,” according to a Coast Guard statement. “The Coast Guard recommends that during this period of high surf, beachgoers remain well clear of the beach and shore where waves make landfall.

Large waves and strong rip currents will also increase the risk of ocean drowning,” the Coast Guard said. “Sneaker waves can suddenly wash people off of beaches, rocks or jetties and capsize small boats near shore. Large shore break can lead to injury and wave run-up.”

Swimmers were reminded to swim near a lifeguard, and if caught in a rip current, to remain calm and swim in a direction following the shoreline.

A large west- to northwest swell will continue to move across coastal waters and the high surf will affect all west- and northwest facing beaches through 9 p.m. Thursday, according to meteorologists.

Surf is expected to build to 4 to 7 feet, with the highest surf occurring on beaches with west exposure.

—City News Service

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