NSW Maritime Alert - Dangerous Seas

7 August 2011

NSW Maritime today issued an alert following the official forecast for adverse weather.

Dangerous surf conditions are forecast for the NSW coast south of Smoky Cape on Monday.

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 atwww.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

Boating safety images can be found at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nswmaritime/

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