NSW Maritime has issued an alert to boat skippers following a forecast for dangerous surf conditions.
by Neil Patchett
The forecast is for dangerous surf conditions developing between the Illawarra and the Port Macquarie coasts later today, then extending to the far north on Saturday and remaining on Sunday.
NSW Maritime advises skippers and ownersof small craft to be on high alert and to check the conditions before considering heading onto exposed waters or offshore.
Dangerous surf conditions can easily translate into dangerous conditions for rock fishing and for vessels crossing coastal bars.
Every skipper isresponsible 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
Rock fishing safety at www.safewaters.nsw.gov.au/assets/pdf/rockfishing.pdf
Live webcam of barcrossings at www.maritime.nsw.gov.au/webcams/web-cam.html
Official forecast at www.bom.gov.au/nsw
Mediacontact: Neil Patchett 0418 279 465
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4:38 AM Fri 19 Aug 2011 GMT
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