We’ve been having one heck of a bout of wintry weather here on the coast so far in 2020, but this week’s swirling storm off the Pacific was ominously called a “bomb cyclone.” Holy Orwell, what’s that? We’ll talk about what that meteorological term means.
While news reports tend to focus on the details of harrowing rescues and tragic losses in maritime emergencies, there’s another seldom discussed dimension to rescues – the trauma suffered by first responders.
After so much sad news lately in our coastal communities, let’s hear a happier story: today’s Ship Report is about the numerous survivors of the sinking of a livestock carrier. The animals were some 180 sheep originally bound for slaughter, But the unlikely flock was rescued by an animal rights organization that will make sure they live happily ever after on a farm, instead of becoming someone’s dinner.
This weekend, tragedy struck a family on the Oregon coast. Two children were killed when a sneaker wave ripped them from their father’s arms. Today we talk about safety, compassion, and the immense power of the ocean.
Authorities are warning coastal visitors to stay off the beach this weekend. The risk of life-threatening sneaker waves is too great. We’ll talk about the risks.
Annual King Tides are happening this weekend on the Oregon and Washington coasts, which mean higher than normal tides, along with big storm waves and storm surge. It looks to be a dangerous weekend on the beach. Heed warnings and stay out of the surf!