Coast Guard urges boater safety in high winds

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COOS BAY, Ore. -- Winds can be at their highest in the afternoon during the summer, and the Coast Guard wants boaters to be safe when a Small Craft Advisory is issued.

They say winds are the strongest between noon and 4 p.m.

Officials at Station Umpqua River issued some helpful tips for those heading out on the water.

"Not everybody has the same level of experience on the water, so showing each other that level of respect always promotes a good, safe time on the water, and be prepared...fog can roll in quick and the winds can pick up in the afternoon, so starting earlier or later in the evenings is usually the best recipe for success," said the Coast Guard's Michael Coroloa.

If you find yourself in troubled water, Corola says don't hesitate to reach out to the Coast Guard, who are more than willing to help escort a boat.

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