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Friday September 28th, 2018 :: 06:58 a.m. PDT

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U.S. Coast Guard, Local and State Agencies to Announce Joint Safety Message for Start of Spiny Lobster Season

United States Coast Guard, Local and State Agencies to Announce Joint Safety Message for Start of the California Spiny Lobster Season
 
 
Who: Lieutenant Commander Kyra Dykeman, United States Coast Guard - Sector Los Angeles/Long Beach; Deputy James Moss, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Special Enforcement Bureau – Emergency Services Detail; Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Special Enforcement Bureau – Dive Team; and Representatives from California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
 
What:     Officials will address safety messages and demonstrate equipment safety prior to the start of the spiny lobster season.
 
When:     Friday, September, 28, 2018 at 10 a.m.
 
Where:    U.S. Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles/Long Beach
                1001 S. Seaside Avenue
                San Pedro, Ca
 
 
All divers are urged to exercise caution and remember these top five safety tips before diving:
 
  • Have a medical assessment by a doctor before diving.
  • Always dive with a buddy, and leave details of your dive trip with someone ashore who will report you overdue if you run into trouble.
  • Plan your dive, follow your plan, and provide your emergency plan to someone on shore.
  • Choose dives that match your training, experience and fitness level.
  • Practice emergency procedures, like dropping your weight belt and inflating your buoyancy compensator, in a controlled environment.
 
The normal hazards of water sports and recreation are more dangerous for those spending time below the surface. Strong ocean rip currents can occur at any time of year. Water temperatures, limited air supply, reliance on equipment for survival, and the lack of underwater rescue capabilities all make it essential that divers are fully aware of their own limits and prepared for all possible problems.
 
Diving safety experts report that many accidents stem from people underestimating the hazards associated with diving, and overestimating their own physical fitness and skill levels. They stress the importance of the buddy system, planning, fitness and medical issues, and awareness of weather and sea conditions.
 
Divers should not let schedules, peer pressure or costs push them beyond their capabilities. People who have invested time and money to plan a dive trip, or sport fishers anxious to harvest fish during a set season, may be tempted to dive in unsafe conditions or overexert themselves. It’s a good idea to have an alternate activity planned in case a dive trip has to be cancelled for weather, equipment, or health problems.
 
For more information please visit https://www.diversalertnetwork.org/
 
For questions or information, contact Davonte Marrow, PA3 Coast Guard Public Affairs, Los Angeles Office: (310) 521-4267, Duty Cell: (310) 781-0619
 
 
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Juanita Navarro-Suarez, Deputy
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