The Curry Coastal Pilot

It's that time of year when residents and visitors take advantage of sunny days to marvel at the beauty of the ever-changing shoreline and enjoy the thrill of beachcombing and wave watching.

By all means, have a great time but don't turn your back on the sea.

Every year there are reports of people being swept off beaches, rocks and jetties by sneaker waves along the Oregon Coast. Even the simple act of walking a dog on the beach can turn deadly. Since November, five people have died in Northern California while attempting to rescue their dogs swept into the sea. A Brookings woman lost her life doing the same thing a few years ago.

Experts say the best thing to do when a pet enters the water is nothing. The average dog is a better swimmer than the average human and has an excellent chance of making it back to shore without your help.

We urge beachgoers to practice extreme caution during their seaside adventures. Stay off jetties or any low flat beach. Stay away from edges of cliffs, headlands and rocks where waves are breaking nearby. Never climb on driftwood, especially when waves are high.

And, when you walk your dog, consider walking it in the park, instead.