NSW Maritime has issued an alert following Bureau of Meteorology advice that dangerous surf conditions are forecast from Ulladulla to Yamba tomorrow (Tuesday 31 May) and from Ulladulla to Point Danger on Wednesday 1 June and Thursday 2 June.
by Neil Patchett
NSW Maritime advises skippers and owners of small craft to 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.
Every skipper is responsible 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.
For more information:
Offshore boating safety information here.
Live webcam of bar crossings can be viewed here.
Official forecast can be found here
Note that NSW Maritime received reports of two separate bar roll overs on the weekend. One on the north coast and one on the south coast. NSW Maritime:website
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7:23 AM Mon 30 May 2011 GMT
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