by Penny Robins
Following a Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) warning about dangerous surf conditions from the Victorian border to Queensland developing over the weekend Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) has issued a maritime alert.
NSW Transport Roads and Maritime services
Skippers and owners of small craft should 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.
Strong winds can also mean 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 is suitable for the conditions
• Log on/off with a Marine Rescue NSW marine radio base for every trip offshore
• Wear a lifejacket.
For more information:
Offshore boating safety: click here
Lifejackets: click here
Live vision of bar crossings: click here
Official forecast: click here
BoM maritime-specific advice: click here
Maritime NSW website