Dangerous Surf Warning

Dangerous ocean conditions are expected across NSW on Friday and into the weekend.

An East Coast Low is developing and will hit the NSW coast over the next 24 hours.

Damaging and dangerous surf conditions are expected with large waves reaching up to 8-10ft on exposed beaches, rock shelves, headlands and river bar crossings. Ocean swells could reach as high as 6 metres.

Dangerous surf conditions will impact much of the state from the Far South Coast to the Mid-North Coast (Port Macquarie).

"We’re potentially looking at a reasonable storm event and our patrols and emergency callout teams are all on high alert," said SLSNSW Lifesaving Manager, Dean Storey.

“We’d advise people stay out of the water and away from rock platforms and headlands until these conditions moderate,” he said.

Storm damage and beach erosion is possible in coastal areas and Surf Life Saving Clubs in some exposed areas are bracing for the impact.

To reduce risk, the following is advised:

  • Rock fishermen should avoid fishing on the open coastline Friday-Sunday
  • People are advised to only swim if beaches are patrolled, between the red and yellow flags (No flags – No swim)
  • Novice surfers are advised to avoid the ocean
  • Boaties are advised to seek local advice on weather and bar conditions, and always wear a lifejacket

For patrolled locations and other multilingual safety information go to beachsafe.org.au

For in-water emergencies, call 000 Police immediately.

Thu 11 Oct 2012