Maritime Alert – Wild Weather - Illawarra to Port Macquarie
19 August 2011
NSW Maritime has issued an alert to boat skippers following a forecast for dangerous surf conditions.
The forecast is for dangerous surf conditions developing between the Illawarra and the Port Macquarie coasts later today, then extending to the far north on Saturday and remaining on Sunday.
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