Maritime alert: dangerous surf conditions predicted for whole NSW Coast
25 January 2013
Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) has issued an alert following a Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) warning about dangerous surf conditions along the entire NSW coast from Sunday.
Skippers and owners of small craft should be on high alert and check the conditions before considering crossing a coastal bar or heading offshore. Rock fishers should also check weather forecasts to decide whether it is safe to fish near dangerous surf.
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.
For more information:
Offshore boating safety: www.maritime.nsw.gov.au/campaigns/offshore.html
Live vision of bar crossings: www.maritime.nsw.gov.au/webcams/web-cam.html
Official forecast: www.bom.gov.au/nsw
BoM maritime-specific advice: www.bom.gov.au/marine/about/four-vital-checks.shtml
Boating safety images: www.flickr.com/photos/nswmaritime/