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Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Maritime Alert: Large Swells

NSW Maritime has again issued an urgent alert to boat skippers and rock fishermen with more treacherous swells expected to impact much of the coast from today until Sunday.

The Bureau of Meteorology forecast indicates adverse conditions are likely for small craft.

Large southerly swells reaching 3m and strong winds up to 30 knots are expected for much of the coast.

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

If in doubt, don’t go out.

Offshore boating safety at <A href="http://www.maritime.nsw.gov.au/campaigns/offshore.html">http://www.maritime.nsw.gov.au/campaigns/offshore.html

Live webcam of bar crossings at http://www.maritime.nsw.gov.au/webcams/web-cam.html

Official forecast at http://www.bom.gov.au/

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