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As winter approaches, beaches become more dangerous

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 27th, 2012

Ecola State Park is one of many popular beachcombing spots along the coast where log deposits can be dangerous. courtesy photo OPRD

As the winter season draws nearer, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is sounding a warning to beachgoers and urging them to exercise caution. High tides, storms, and wind at this time of year can increase the potential for accident or injury on the coast.

“You should always keep an eye on the ocean,” said OPRD beach safety education coordinator Robert Smith. “Even the most experienced beachcomber can be caught unaware unless they remain attentive.”

Despite the increased risks, Smith emphasized that people should not defer trips to the coast over the holidays.

“This is a great time to enjoy the beauty of the Oregon shore — ask any storm watcher. People simply need to respect the ocean, seek out safe vantage points, and heed the warnings from park staff or signs,” said Smith.

For the complete article see the 11-28-2012 issue.

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