Public Information Statement
Statement as of 7:25 am PDT on May 23, 2013
The following is a safe boating message from the National safe
boating Council and the National Weather Service, reminding you that
National safe boating week is may eighteenth through may
twenty-fourth. Thunderstorms can be a mariners worst nightmare. They
can develop quickly and create dangerous wind and wave conditions.
Thunderstorms can bring shifting and gusty winds, lightning,
waterspouts, and torrential downpours which can turn a days pleasure
into a nightmare of distress. There are no specific warnings or
advisories for lightning but all thunderstorms produce lightning. A
lightning strike to a vessel can be catastrophic, especially if it
results in a fire or loss of electronics. If your boat has a cabin,
then stay inside and avoid touching metal or electrical devices. If
your boat does not have a cabin, stay as low as you can in the boat.
Boaters should use extra caution when thunderstorm conditions exist
and have a plan of escape. Mariners are especially vulnerable as at
times they may unable to reach port quickly. It is therefore
strongly recommended you do not venture out if thunderstorms are a
possibility. If you do venture out and recognize thunderstorms
nearby, head to port or safe shelter as quickly as possible.
Ultimately, boating safety begins ashore with planning and training.
Keep in mind that thunderstorms are usually brief so waiting it out
is better than riding it out. To learn more, visit the National
safe boating Council online, at W W W dot safe boating Council dot
Org and visit the National Weather Service at W W W dot weather dot