Dangerous Surf Warning

SLSNSW is advising of Dangerous Surf Conditions between the Queensland border and Newcastle over the next few days, due to Tropical Cyclone Sandra (moving South, offshore of the NSW coast).

An Easterly/South Easterly swell of up to 4.5m will impact the NSW coast between the Queensland border and Newcastle peaking tomorrow (Friday) afternoon. The swell period is expected to reach up to 12 seconds.

30-40km/h S-SE winds are also forecast, extending through until Saturday.

Saturday will see large swells and clearing weather and wind conditions in many areas – resulting in higher public activity and a higher risk situation.

“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.

“Saturday is a particular worry as the weather will clear, making the coast inviting but ocean conditions will remain dangerous,” he said.

Dangerous conditions may return late Sunday across the whole state with a large southerly swell predicted.

Public Safety Messages During Dangerous Surf Warning

  • Swim only at patrolled beaches between the red/yellow flags (No flags, No swim)
  • Avoid rock-fishing on the open coastline
  • Inexperienced surfers should avoid surfing
  • Boaties should check their local forecast, seek advice from NSW Maritime and always wear a lifejacket
  • Visit Beachsafe for information on patrolled beaches/times
  • If witnessing an in-water emergency dial 000 – Police

Thu 14 Mar 2013