Boaters warned of severe weather and high tides on NSW coast
24 June 2013
Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) are reminded the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) is warning extreme weather, dangerous surf conditions and a king tide is expected for the NSW coast.
Winds of up to 100 km/h and heavy rain is expected to hit Sydney and the NSW north coast this afternoon with rain already very heavy on the NSW south coast.
Skippers and owners of small craft should be on high alert and check the conditions before considering crossing a coastal bar or heading offshore.
Abnormally high tides are predicted to peak this evening at about six pm.
Strong winds can also cause dangerous conditions for vessels on moorings which have been poorly maintained.
Rock fishers should also check weather forecasts before heading out to decide whether it is safe to fish near dangerous surf.
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/