With sunny weekend on tap, officials warn of dangers in the water

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San Francisco’s Ocean Beach has a particularly dangerous reputation because of its strong waves and cold water, said Paul Newman, a recreational boating safety specialist with the U.S. Coast Guard. When it comes to handling threatening waters, Newman said people can take a few steps to ensure safety. Smith put on a wetsuit and held a demonstration for news reporters Friday at Ocean Beach on what swimmers should do if caught in a riptide. Newman added that one of the most important safety precautions beachgoers should take is to always keep an eye on the ocean. In April 2016, two 17-year-old...

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