November 30, 2012
Beach walkers should be mindful of sneaker waves

In a press release, State Parks officials warn visitors to ocean beaches to watch out for rogue waves during the stormy weekend:

"All visitors to water recreation areas need to be aware of the fact that many people drown when caught by the periodic waves often called sneaker or rogue waves. It happens when people walk right at the surf line, not expecting that any wave will suddenly go much farther up the beach than other waves they are seeing. Some are so powerful that they knock people off their feet and drag them back into the ocean."

"Winter storms and sea conditions can dramatically increase the dangers along our coastal areas," said Ronilee Clark, a state parks deputy director.

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