Sneaker waves return to Bay Area shores, hazard statement in effect


Sneaker waves made their way toward the Bay Area coastline Monday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

The large waves appear as if out of nowhere and can pull people on shore into the water.

The Bay Area has been experiencing nice weather for a walk on the beach, but Lieutenant Jonathan Baxter with the San Francisco Fire Department said a stroll could be dangerous.

"During these specific, difficult times, when we’re trying to get our essential exercise, and our mental wellness rebalanced by going out for these walks, it’s easier to become complacent than when we’re not in these times," Baxter told KCBS Radio.

Meteorologist Roger Gass with the NWS said the water temperature can make the situation even worse, if someone were to get pulled in by a sneaker wave.

"We have temperatures in the 50s, so a lot of times, people get sucked into the ocean and they go into cold water shock and actually end up drowning within minutes of entering into the ocean and don’t even have a chance to save themselves," he said.

The NWS has issued a beach hazard statement in effect from 10 a.m. Monday to 10 a.m. Tuesday.