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Clam diggers need to be careful

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on Nov. 5, 2009 at 9:57 am with No Comments »
November 5, 2009 10:32 am

Folks planning to head to Twin Harbors or Long Beach for the current clam dig need to be very careful while at the water’s edge.

I just checked the forecast, and it is calling for swells to range from 16 feet tonight then rising to 25 feet by Friday night.

Dan Ayres, the state’s coastal shellfish manager, recommends people not take to the beach if swells reach 11 to 12 feet.

With the low tide times after sunset, the combination of darkness and large waves will make for some dangerous conditions for diggers. Parents should make sure to keep a very close watch on their children should they decide to give it a try.

I don’t want to dissuade anyone from going, but just wanted to put the word of caution out.

Here is the link for the coastal forecast.

UPDATE: I just exchanged some e-mails with Ayres and he said while the state does not close digs, he urged people to be very cautious on the beach.

He also passed along a link to information from the National Data Buoy Data Center from a buoy located off Cape Elizabeth. It shows waves are at 16.4 feet at 9:50 a.m. and have been building all morning.

Here is the data link.

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