Severe weather warnings

25 June 2014

Roads and Maritime Services is alerting boat owners along the NSW coast to ensure moored craft are safe and secure with extreme weather conditions expected to continue for the next few days.

A Roads and Maritime Services spokesperson said people who own boats on moorings need to take extra care to ensure their vessels are secured safely as they will be responsible for any damage from loose moorings caused to other vessels or property.

“The Bureau of Meteorology has issued severe weather warnings for the Sydney area, the Illawarra, South Coast, Central Tablelands, Southern Tablelands and Snowy Mountains areas,” the spokesperson said.

“A gale warning is also in place for Sydney closed waters, the Macquarie coast, Hunter coast, Sydney coast, Illawarra coast and Eden coast, and a strong wind warning for the Batemans coast.”

The spokesperson said a man in his mid 20s was transported to hospital with concussion after reportedly hitting a jetty while kite surfing in Tuggerah Lake on the Central Coast yesterday morning.

“A houseboat also became wedged under the Batemans Bay road bridge yesterday afternoon in a rising tide and winds of up to 55 knots.

“Strong and damaging winds have caused power outages in pockets around the State and are a threat to moored craft.

“Winds can cause vessels to break free of their mooring tackle, the rain can fill bilges and debris can entangle mooring lines, cause damage and become hazards to safe navigation.

“Owners of moorings are required to keep their vessel and the mooring gear in good condition at all times to ensure they can handle these sorts of challenging conditions.”

“Regular inspections and routine maintenance can go a long way to preventing serious trouble.

“Of course, boat owners should only go out to their moored craft when it is safe to do so.”

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