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Large Breaking Waves, Rip Currents Prompt Warning For Beachgoers

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) -- Powerful waves are slamming the coast line.

The coast guard is warning beach-goers to expect strong swells along the Northern and Central California coasts through Tuesday morning.

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.

Coast Guard officials said they are ready to help if someone is in distress.

Meantime, in Southern California lifeguards were inundated with calls to rescue distressed surfers and swimmers all weekend.

Jetties along San Diego were closed because of the high winds and surf.

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