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Spring Can Be Dangerous On The Coast

Credit oregonlive.com

The arrival of warmer temperatures means more people headed to Oregon's beaches. But, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department says March can be a dangerous month for the coast. Parks and Rec Safety Coordinator Robert Smith says driftwood or other logs on the beach can be dislodged quickly with just a few inches of water. He adds sneaker waves can come out of nowhere and are deadly.

Smith: "It's really important that you keep an eye on the ocean so you can see those waves, turn them into just big waves and not "sneaker waves." And have an escape route, so that if the beach does get inundated, you can get out of there, and you know how to get out of there."

Smith says it's important to know when the tide is coming in and to plan accordingly. You can get a tide table from a state park ranger or many businesses along the coast.

copyright, 2014 KLCC

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Desmond O'Boyle
Desmond O'Boyle is KLCC's local host of Weekend Edition Saturday and Weekend Edition Sunday.