Boca Fire Rescue warns residents gathered at ocean during storm: ‘You’re basically on your own’

Clayton Para looks out at the ocean from the pavilion at South Beach Park in Boca Raton at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016. Boca Raton Fire Rescue is warning people to stay away from the ocean with Hurricane Matthew looming. (Photo by John Pacenti / Palm Beach Post)

Clayton Para looks out at the ocean from the pavilion at South Beach Park in Boca Raton at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016. Boca Raton Fire Rescue is warning people to stay away from the ocean with Hurricane Matthew looming. (Photo by John Pacenti / Palm Beach Post)

BOCA RATON — With Hurricane Matthew just off the coast of Florida, Boca Raton Fire Rescue is warning residents who are gathered near the ocean: Stay away from the water.

“There’s nobody there if you have an issue,” said Assistant Chief Michael LaSalle in a Facebook Live video published on Boca Raton Police’s page. “There’s nobody there to come out and help. You’re basically on your own.”

Certain Boca Raton beaches are usually staffed with Ocean Rescue lifeguards, however not today, LaSalle said.

A handful of people gathered at the pavilion at South Beach Park on Thursday afternoon, with Hurricane Matthew just off the coast of Florida. The city's fire rescue department warned residents to stay away from the water moments earlier on Facebook. (Photo by John Pacenti / Palm Beach Post)

A handful of people gathered at the pavilion at South Beach Park on Thursday afternoon, with Hurricane Matthew just off the coast of Florida. The city’s fire rescue department warned residents to stay away from the water moments earlier on Facebook. (Photo by John Pacenti / Palm Beach Post)

Just before 2 p.m., a Palm Beach Post reporter captured a handful of residents gathered at the pavilion at South Beach Park, at Palmetto Park Road and Ocean Boulevard, looking out at the ocean.

Here’s the Facebook Live video: