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Maritime Alert - Dangerous conditions along NSW coastline

by NSW Maritime on 13 May 2011
Bar Crossing NSW Maritime © http://www.maritime.nsw.gov.au
NSW Maritime advises boat owners and skippers to be alert to adverse weather conditions along the entire NSW coastline this weekend.

NSW Maritime Chief Executive Steve Dunn said the Bureau of Meterology was forecasting dangerous surf conditions from Coffs Harbour to Gabo Island up to and including Sunday.

These conditions should concern anyone boating in coastal areas, or planning to fish from the rocks.

Coastal bar crossings can be treacherous, especially in such conditions, and boat fishing around offshore reefs and near exposed rock platforms should be avoided.

Every skipper is responsible for the safety of their vessel and all on board, and NSW Maritime advises:

• Check the official weather before and during boating;
• Ensure the boat and its equipment is suitable for the conditions;
• Log on/ off with a Marine Rescue marine radio base for every trip offshore; and
• Wear a lifejacket

For offshore boating safety information : Click here

Live webcam of bar crossings here

If in doubt, don’t go Official forecast website NSW Maritime website
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