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National Weather Service warns of sneaker waves on Oregon Coast on Sunday

Sneaker waves can knock a person off their feet and sweep them out into the ocean.
Credit: Don Ryan
In this Nov. 28, 2001, file photo, people watch as storm-tossed waves crash over rocks near Depoe Bay, Ore. Sneaker waves are prevalent in the Pacific Northwest. A leading expert said there needs to be greater awareness to prevent future tragedies.

PORTLAND, Ore — If you’re planning to be on the beach at the Oregon Coast on Sunday, you’ll want to be extra careful.

The National Weather Service issued a Beach Hazards Statement warning of sneaker waves from Sunday morning through the evening. The warning is in effect from the south Washington Coast down to the central Oregon Coast.

“Waves can run up significantly farther on a beach than normal, including over rocks and jetties,” the alert says.

Credit: National Weather Service
The National Weather Service says there could be sneaker waves Sunday in the areas highlighted in blue.

Sneaker waves can knock a person off their feet and sweep them out into the ocean. They can also lift large logs and rocks and bring them down on people.

Here are some tips to keep yourself safe from sneaker waves:

  • Always keep an eye on the ocean
  • Never turn your back on the ocean
  • Stay off rocks or logs along the surf or near the water
  • If you see someone get dragged in by a sneaker wave, STAY BACK, and call 911

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