HASTINGS residents and holidaymakers are being warned to avoid south and opened faced beaches due to dangerous surf conditions.
Port Macquarie Lifeguards have urged people to stay away from Lighthouse Beach with a rough swell of about three metres predicted on Monday, July 9.
Roads and Maritime Services issued an alert to boaters after a Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) warning about dangerous surf conditions.
Boat skippers should consider changing or delaying their voyage before considering crossing a coastal bar or heading offshore.
Avoid our south & opened faced beaches such as Lighthouse Beach this Sunday/Monday with a rough south swell around 3m expected. Protected north facing points should hopefully provide solid clean waves for experienced surfers. Dial triple zero if you witness a surf emergency. pic.twitter.com/QpHOdqxpgv— Port Mac Lifeguards (@LifeguardsPMQ) July 6, 2018
Rock fishers should avoid coastal rock platforms exposed to the ocean and seek a safe location sheltered from the surf.
Strong winds can also cause damage to vessels on moorings which have been poorly maintained.
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 via VHF Radio or Marine Rescue APP for every trip offshore and consider a safety management plan
- Wear a lifejacket.