BOATING ALERT - Large swells for NSW

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Three-metre swells and 30-knot winds expected for much of the coast

Wednesday, May 11: 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.

For more information, visit www.maritime.nsw.gov.au/campaigns/offshore.html



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


Official forecast at www.bom.gov.au


 


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