Dangerous Surf Warning

Surf Life Saving NSW is advising rock fishermen to avoid the open coastline, as dangerous ocean conditions are expected this weekend.

A southerly swell will reach up to 3m on exposed beaches and rock platforms, with swell periods of up to 15 seconds.

“People need to play it safe and avoid rock fishing on the open coast in the coming few days,” said SLSNSW Lifesaving Manager, Dean Storey.

“It is a solid ‘long period’ swell, which can be deceptively dangerous. A safe-looking fishing spot may in fact be under water when those larger ‘set’ waves come through every now and then,” adds Storey.

Stan Konstantaras from the Recreational Fishing Alliance is warning people not to put their lives on the line and advises the following key safety messages for rock fisherman:

  • Avoid rock fishing on the open coast this weekend
  • Always wear a lifejacket and non-slip footwear
  • Check tides, swell and weather conditions
  • Fish with a friend – never fish alone
  • Carry a mobile phone
  • Never turn your back to the sea
  • Always spend time watching the conditions before fishing, and constantly scan for changing conditions
  • If in doubt, don’t go out!

“Large waves can appear and wash over a rock-shelf without warning, sweeping you into the sea – all rock fishermen should always wear lifejackets,” Konstantaras says.

For multi-lingual rock fishing safety information go to beachsafe.org.au

Fri 5 Oct 2012