The National Weather Service has issued a High Surf Advisory for Ventura County Beaches, specifically targeting northwest and west-facing coastal areas.
This advisory, in effect from 3 AM Wednesday to 3 AM PST Friday, warns of large breaking waves ranging from 4 to 7 feet, with local sets reaching up to 8 feet, accompanied by dangerous rip currents.
The impact of these conditions poses a significant risk to beachgoers and water enthusiasts. There is an increased risk for ocean drowning as rip currents have the potential to pull swimmers and surfers out to sea.
Additionally, the large breaking waves can cause injuries, wash individuals off beaches and rocks, and even capsize small boats near the shore.
To mitigate these risks, the National Weather Service strongly advises the public to remain out of the water during this period due to the hazardous surf conditions. Alternatively, beachgoers are encouraged to stay near occupied lifeguard towers, where trained professionals can assist if needed.
Rock jetties, in particular, are identified as potentially deadly in these conditions. The public is urged to stay off the rocks to avoid perilous situations. As the safety of residents and visitors remains a top priority, cooperation with these guidelines is crucial to prevent accidents and ensure a secure environment along Ventura County Beaches.