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High winds call for extra safety precautions at Morro Bay Harbor

The U.S. Coast Guard says they have a team ready in case of any emergency
Posted at 5:57 PM, Feb 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-02 22:19:35-05

With high winds expected all Sunday, the U.S. Coast Guard in Morro Bay says they are prepared for any potential emergencies.

Officer Christian Sanchez of the U.S. Coast Guard says any mariners out Sunday should be prepared for unusually high winds. He says the Coast Guard would typically expect 10 to 30 boats out, but as of Sunday afternoon, they had not seen any.

"Any mariners planning to cross the bar today should expect to see seas upward to 20 feet and winds up to 59 knots," Sanchez said.

He also says there are a few safety precautions mariners can take if they do decide to be out at sea.

"A plan which will consist of when they are going and when they plan to be back. Also a couple call back numbers on which number to be watching for on the radio and hand it off to friends and family," Sanchez added.

There will be nine members at the Morro Bay unit which allows for two full boat crews and one watch stander.

Officer Sanchez says his team alongside the Morro Bay Harbor Patrol will be on call throughout Sunday in case their help is needed.