Boaters alerted to abnormally high tides from Port Hacking to Point Danger
13 December 2012
Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) has issued an alert after a Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) warning about abnormally high tides from Port Hacking to Point Danger on the mid morning tide for the next few days.
These abnormally high tides are predicted to peak on Saturday morning.
Skippers and owners of small craft should be on high alert and check the conditions before considering crossing a coastal bar, heading offshore or rock fishing.
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.
For more information:
Offshore boating safety: www.maritime.nsw.gov.au/campaigns/offshore.html
BoM maritime-specific advice: www.bom.gov.au/marine/about/four-vital-checks.shtml
Boating safety images: www.flickr.com/photos/nswmaritime/