Coast Guard issues weather warning to boatersBy GRETYL MACALASTER
Union Leader Correspondent
November 26. 2013 4:11PM
PORTSMOUTH - The Coast Guard is advising boaters to prepare for winter storm conditions expected to impact coastal regions throughout the Northeast over the next 24 to 36 hours.
The announcement came Tuesday afternoon after the National Weather Service issued a gale-force weather warning expected to last from late Tuesday through Wednesday across New England.
The Coast Guard is urging boaters at sea to seek safe shelter and boaters ashore to take measures to secure their vessels and equipment.
Coast Guard units throughout the region are conducting outreach in collaboration with fellow law enforcement and first responders.
The Coast Guard warned residents and visitors to stay clear of beaches and dangerous overlooks as wave heights and currents typically increase before and during a winter storm.
Boaters are urged to secure any loose equipment, including life jackets, paddles, ring buoys and other objects that could easily be picked up by the wind.