Elevated Surf and 4 to 6 Foot Swells Expected through Thursday For South OC Beaches

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Photo Courtesy of Karin Horlick at karinppl@gmail.com

MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN DIEGO CA
642 AM PDT TUE SEP 16 2014

…STRONG RIP CURRENTS AND ELEVATED SURF THROUGH THURSDAY…

.A LONG-PERIOD SOUTH-SOUTHWEST SWELL PRODUCED BY A SOUTHERN
HEMISPHERE STORM WILL PRODUCE ELEVATED SURF…AND STRONG RIP AND LONGSHORE CURRENTS AT THE ORANGE AND SAN DIEGO COUNTY BEACHES THROUGH THURSDAY. HIGHEST SURF WILL BE ALONG SOUTHWEST FACING BEACHES. THE SWELL WILL GRADUALLY LOWER FRIDAY INTO THE WEEKEND.

…BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT IN EFFECT THROUGH THURSDAY EVENING…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SAN DIEGO HAS ISSUED A BEACH
HAZARDS STATEMENT FOR STRONG RIP CURRENTS AND ELEVATED SURF…WHICH
IS IN EFFECT THROUGH THURSDAY EVENING.

* WAVES AND SURF…4 TO 6 FEET ALONG SOUTHWEST FACING BEACHES. 2
TO 4 FEET ELSEWHERE.

* RIP CURRENTS…WIDESPREAD DANGEROUS RIP AND LONGSHORE CURRENTS.

* TIMING…THROUGH EARLY THURSDAY EVENING.

* IMPACTS…THE ELEVATED SURF…STRONG RIP CURRENTS…AND
LONGSHORE CURRENTS WILL PRODUCE DANGEROUS SWIMMING
CONDITIONS…ESPECIALLY FOR INEXPERIENCED SWIMMERS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT FOR RIP CURRENTS MEANS THAT CONDITIONS
ARE PRESENT TO SUPPORT A HEIGHTENED RISK OF STRONG RIP CURRENTS.
RIP CURRENTS ARE TYPICALLY MORE FREQUENT AND STRONGER IN THE
VICINITY OF JETTIES…INLETS…AND PIERS. SWIMMERS CAUGHT IN A RIP
CURRENT SHOULD SWIM PARALLEL TO THE COAST TO ESCAPE THE RIP
CURRENT BEFORE TRYING TO SWIM FOR SHORE.

Hurricane Marie Greets Doheny State Beach with Large Swells

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Capo Beach at 6:30p.m. pst on Tuesday August 26 2014
(photo by David Crane for South OC Beaches)

The National Weather Service issued a Coastal Hazard Message at 6:26pm on Tuesday August 26 2014. Large South Swells from Hurricane Marie will build to 10 feet tonight. The swell will produce large surf, strong rip currents and strong longshore currents through Thursday.
Surf of 8 to 10 Feet will become more widespread tonight and Wednesday across Orange County. Occasional sets at some beaches during this time could reach 12 to 15 Feet.
Impacts will be greatest along the beaches of Orange County where damage to Piers and other structures is possible. Some beach erosion is possible. The large surf with very strong rip currents and longshore currents will create extremely dangerous swimming and surfing conditions.Occasionally larger waves can appear unexpectedly and wash over rocks and jetties near the waters edge.
Link to the NWS for more information:
http://www.nws.noaa.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=ca&prodtype=warnings

The National Weather Service has issued a Coastal Hazard Message For Orange County

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At 8:28 pm The National Weather Service issued a Coastal Hazard Message for Orange County. They warned of possible large surf, strong rip currents, minor tidal overflow and minor beach erosion Tuesday night through Thursday Afternoon.
They said that large swells will develop from Hurricane Marie.
The swells could increase to around 10 Feet at the San Clemente Basin Buoy.
The National Weather Service is uncertain of the exact size of the surf and the timing of the largest swells and surf.
For more information please connect to the national weather service at
http://www.twitter.com/NWSSanDiego

Search Suspended Today for Missing Swimmer at Salt Creek Beach

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Photo of Recovery Workers at Salt Creek Beach in Dana Point by South OC Beaches (8-24-14)

The Orange County Sheriffs Department have suspended efforts for today in search of the missing swimmer. The Sheriffs Department has said that “The swimmer is not being identified; however, he is a 60 year old male visiting from out of state. He was last seen by family/friends in the water just prior to being reported missing yesterday, August 23 2014 at 11:33 am.  The Orange County Sheriffs Department had terminated dive efforts in the early afternoon today. This afternoon they focused their surface observations and air support.

The Orange County Sheriffs Department issued a statement yesterday about the missing swimmer at Salt Creek Beach located in Dana Point.
In part the statement stated that ” On Saturday August 23 2014 at approx. 11:33am Orange County Lifeguards received a report of a missing swimmer off Salt Creek Beach. The missing swimmer is a 60 year old male who was last seen body surfing in the water near Lifeguard Tower 2.”
The Orange County Lifeguards led the initial search. Next there was a multi agency search. Lifeguards from Orange County, Laguna Beach and the California State Park helped in the search. Lifeguards used jet skis and their snorkel team as tools in the search. The Sheriffs Harbor Patrol and Dive Team also searched the area. Orange County Fire Authority assisted as well. Anaheim Police and the United States Coast Guard supplied support from the air.
South OC Beaches was on the scene today witnessing the various search attempts. There was a Command Center at Life Guard Tower 2 at Salt Creek Beach. We saw search boats and two helicopters searching at the point just north of the exclusive Ritz Cove Residences.
The Orange County Lifeguards, Orange County Sheriffs Department and the United States Coast Guard searched until dark.
The National Weather Service has issued a Beach Advisory for this weekend for Orange County. Strong rip currents and high surf advisories for the Orange County Beaches. To view the complete advisory please link here. http://forecast.weather.gov/wwamap/wwatxtget.php?cwa=sgx&wwa=high%20surf%20advisory
We will try to keep you updated.
To learn more connect to OCSD at www. twitter.com/OCSD

Salt Creek State Beach Rescue Ongoing After 4 Hours

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Photo of search at Salt Creek Beach today by South OC Beaches (8-23-14)

The Orange County Register is reporting that “Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Steve Concialdi said witnesses called authorities about 11:45 a.m. after seeing a man in his 60’s go under a large wave and not resurface.” The search and rescue is ongoing right now at Salt Creek State Beach in Dana Point right now.
Orange County Fire Authority is conducting a search for the swimmer with a multi agency approach. OCFA is using a helicopter in their search. They are also using snorkel teams. 25 Firefighters from OCFA, Urban Surf and Rescue (US & R) and Laguna Beach Fire are assisting Life Guards and deputies.
South OC Beaches was on the scene today witnessing the various search attempts. There was a Command Center at the Main Life Guard Tower at Salt Creek Beach. We saw search boats and two helicopters searching at the point just north of the exclusive Ritz Cove Residences. The photo we posted is of the area.
This is a busy beach day at Salt Creek Beach. The National Weather Service has issued a Beach Advisory for this weekend for Orange County. Strong rip currents and high surf advisories for the Orange County Beaches. To view the complete advisory please link here. http://forecast.weather.gov/wwamap/wwatxtget.php?cwa=sgx&wwa=high%20surf%20advisory
We will try to keep you updated.
To learn more connect to OCFA at www. twitter.com/OCFA_PIO
To learn more connect to OCSD at http://www.twitter.com/OCSD