NSW boaters warned of dangerous conditions North of Newcastle
14 March 2013
Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) has issued an alert following a Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) warning about dangerous surf conditions from Newcastle to the Queensland border tomorrow and Saturday.
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
- Lifejackets: www.lifejacketwearit.com.au
- 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/