Dangerous Surf Warning For Southern NSW

Due to continuing southerly swell conditions, Surf Life Saving NSW is extending a dangerous surf warning for the NSW Victorian border to Seal Rocks.

A south to south easterly swell is expected to reach 2 - 3m with a swell period of up to 13 seconds. Conditions are expected to impact the coastline from Monday afternoon and continue until Tuesday evening, where they will ease overnight.

SLSNSW Lifesaving Manager, Andy Kent, warns that these conditions will be particularly hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing river bars by boats and rock fishing.

“Despite the expected cold and windy conditions over the next few days not being ideal for the beach, it is important that people exercise caution along the coastline from the Victorian border to Seal Rocks.

“We’d advise against people swimming at unpatrolled locations and to stay away from rock platforms and headlands until these conditions moderate on Wednesday,” said Andy Kent.

Some of the metro beaches are still patrolled through winter. Go to beachsafe.org.au for patrolled locations.

Public Safety Messages During Hazardous Surf Conditions

  • Avoid rock fishing and water activities on exposed beaches/rock-shelves
  • Only swim at patrolled beaches, between the red & yellow flags
  • Check the official Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) forecast before undertaking rock fishing and water activities (www.bom.gov.au/nsw/)
  • Boaties should seek advice from Marine Rescue NSW and always wear a lifejacket
  • See beachsafe.org.au for patrolled locations/times and rock fishing safety information
  • If witnessing an in-water emergency dial Triple Zero – Police

Mon 11 Aug 2014