Maritime Alert – Dangerous Surf Conditions

5 September 2012

Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) has issued an alert following a Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) warning about dangerous surf conditions from Port Kembla to Montague Island and Sydney closed water from this afternoon into tomorrow.

Skippers and owners of small craft should be on high alert and to check the conditions before considering crossing a coastal bar or heading offshore.

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

Strong winds can also mean dangerous conditions for vessels on moorings which have been poorly maintained.

Every skipper is responsible for the safety of their vessel and all on board. RMS advises skippers to:
Check the official weather forecast before and during boating
Ensure the boat and its equipment is suitable for the conditions
Log on/off with a Marine Rescue NSW marine radio base for every trip offshore
Wear a lifejacket.

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