Dangerous Surf Warning

Surf Life Saving is advising swimmers, surfers, rock fishermen and boat skippers to take extreme caution as dangerous surf conditions are expected across the state from Friday - Tuesday.

The Bureau of Meteorology has forecasted a low pressure system to develop off the south coast, with a south/south easterly swell of up to 5m (and 13sec period) peaking in the south on Saturday and in the north on Sunday. Conditions will remain higher risk in locations open or exposed to the S/SE swell through Tuesday in some areas.

Exposed beaches, rock shelves, headlands and river bar crossings will be extremely hazardous and the public is urged to exercise extreme caution.

Surf Life Saving NSW Lifesaving Manager, Dean Storey, says “We’d advise people stay out of the water and away from rock platforms and headlands until these conditions moderate.”

Public Safety Messages - During Dangerous Surf Conditions

  • 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

Fri 19 Apr 2013