Alert - Dangerous Surf Conditions along NSW coastline

NSW Transport Roads and Maritime services
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NSW Roads and Maritime Services has issued an alert following a Bureau of Meteorology warning about dangerous surf conditions for the whole of the NSW coast on Sunday fifth and Monday 6th May 2012.

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.

Strong winds can also translate into 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, and 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 NSW marine radio base for every trip offshore; and
· Wear a lifejacket.

Offshore boating safety at www.maritime.nsw.gov.au/campaigns/offshore.html

Lifejacket information at www.lifejacketwearit.com.au

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