During rainy weather, drift logs are extremely slippery. Although beached drift logs can provide a vantage point or great picnic spot, high tides and large waves can transform them into deadly hazards. Even large drift logs can float in only inches of water and they may roll, knock you off your feet, trap you beneath them, or roll over and crush you. Some logs may look small, but even tiny ones can become water-logged and weigh tonnes.
How to be CoastSmart
- If you see a log in the surf or on wet sand, stay off it.
- If recreating in the water remain alert for floating debris such as logs and give them a wide berth.
- Respect the ocean’s power by staying off beaches or trails if you see hazards and especially if the area is closed.
- Be patient. Observe the conditions closely before you step out onto the beach, sometimes it can take a number of minutes to get the true picture.
Raph Bruhwiler is #CoastSmart
“The ocean can be the best thing in the world and you can have the most fun, or it can kill you. It’s just a really moody place, the ocean…”