Maritime Alert – Wild Weather

24 July 2011

NSW Maritime has issued an alert to boat skippers following a forecast for dangerous surf conditions to impact the north coast of NSW.

Dangerous long-period swell conditions are expected from the Hunter Coast to the Tweed Coast over late Monday and Tuesday.

NSW Maritime advises skippers and owners of small craft to be on high alert and to check the conditions before considering heading onto exposed waters or offshore.

Dangerous surf conditions can easily translate into dangerous conditions for rock fishing and for vessels crossing coastal bars.

Every skipper is responsible for the safety of their vessel and all on board, and NSW Maritime advises skippers to:

  • Check the official weather before and during boating;
  • Ensure the boat and its equipment is suitable for the conditions;
  • Log on/ off with a Marine Rescue marine radio base for every trip offshore; and
  • Wear a lifejacket.

Offshore boating safety at www.maritime.nsw.gov.au/campaigns/offshore.html

Rock fishing safety at www.safewaters.nsw.gov.au/assets/pdf/rockfishing.pdf

Live webcam of bar crossings at www.maritime.nsw.gov.au/webcams/web-cam.html

Official forecast at www.bom.gov.au/nsw

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