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NSW boaters warned of dangerous conditions

by Roads and Maritime Services on 31 Jul 2013
Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) has issued an alert following a Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) warning about dangerous surf conditions forecast for tomorrow and continuing into Friday from Seal Rocks to the Victorian border.

Skippers and owners of small craft should be on high alert and check the conditions before considering crossing a coastal bar or heading offshore

Rock fishers should also check weather forecasts to decide whether it is safe to fish near dangerous surf before heading out.

Strong winds can also cause dangerous conditions for vessels on moorings which have been poorly maintained.

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 are suitable for the conditions
• Log on/off with a Marine Rescue NSW marine radio base for every trip offshore
• Wear a lifejacket.
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