BOM extends wild weather warning to all of NSW coast
BOATERS have been warned of wild weather conditions of the entire New South Wales coast this weekend and cautioned to be on high alert when moving into offshore waters.
Roads and Maritime Services has issued an alert to boaters after a Bureau of Meteorolgoy (BoM) extended the warning about dangerous surf conditions to cover the entire NSW coast.
Dangerous surf conditions are forecast across NSW tomorrow north, then north of Point Perpendicular from Sunday morning and north of Newcastle for Sunday afternoon.
Skippers and owners of small craft should be on high alert and check the conditions before considering crossing a coastal bar or heading offshore.
Rock fishers should also check weather forecasts before heading out to decide whether it is safe to fish near dangerous surf.
Strong winds can also cause 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. Roads and Maritime 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.