Roads and Maritime Services has issued an alert to boaters after a Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) warning about dangerous surf conditions.
Waves up to four metres have been forecast to develop along the Mid North Coast and northward from a low pressure system developing in the Tasman Sea.
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 make informed decisions about fishing near the expected dangerous surf.
Strong winds can also cause damage to 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 and ‘if in doubt, don’t go out’
- 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.