Ocean swells prompt beach warning

U.S. Coast Guard officials are urging beachgoers and boaters to be cautious Sunday through Tuesday morning because of forecasted strong swells along the Northern and Central California coasts, Coast Guard officials said.

The forecast calls for large breaking waves and strong rip currents on all beaches facing west and northwest from Sonoma County to Monterey County, according to Coast Guard officials.

Boaters and beachgoers should be more cautious near jetties, inlets and piers where rip currents are stronger and more frequent, Coast Guard officials said.

Swimmers are urged to use a buddy system and swim close to a lifeguard, according to Coast Guard officials.

The Coast is ready to help if someone is in distress, Coast Guard officials said.