NSW Maritime has issued an alert following Bureau of Meteorology advice that dangerous surf conditions are forecast on the South Coast, Illawarra and Sydney coast tomorrow, extending to the Hunter Coast on Saturday.
by Neil Patchett
NSW Maritime advises skippers and ownersof small craft to be on high alert and to check the conditions before considering crossing a coastal bar or heading offshore.
Dangerous surf conditions can easily translate into dangerous conditions for rock fishing and for vessels crossing coastal bars.
Every skipper is esponsible for the safety of their vessel and all on board, and NSW Maritime advises skippers to:
- 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.
Offshore boating safetyat www.maritime.nsw.gov.au/campaigns/offshore.html
Live webcam of barcrossings at www.maritime.nsw.gov.au/webcams/web-cam.html
Official forecast at www.bom.gov.au/nsw
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5:38 AM Thu 9 Jun 2011 GMT
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