Maritime Alert – dangerous conditions south of Crowdy Head
31 October 2012
Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) has issued an alert following a Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) warning about dangerous conditions offshore south of Crowdy Head on Friday and continuing along the whole NSW coast Saturday.
These long period swell conditions are then expected to contract north of Wollongong on Sunday, according to the BoM.
Skippers and owners of small craft should be on high alert and check the conditions before considering crossing a coastal bar, heading offshore or rock fishing.
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/