NSW boaters warned of dangerous conditions from Seal Rocks to Victorian border

31 July 2013

Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) has issued an alert following a Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) warning about dangerous surf conditions forecast for tomorrow and continuing into Friday from Seal Rocks to the Victorian border.

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 before heading out.

Strong winds can also cause 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 are 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 visit

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/

Roads and Maritime Services Media Unit:  8588 5999

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