Hazardous Surf For NSW Coast

Rock fishers, swimmers, surfers, and recreational boat users are being urged to exercise caution in the water as a forecast of hazardous conditions from late Sunday evening prompted surf lifesavers and the Bureau of Meteorology to issue a warning to beachgoers.

The warning is in place for coastal waters from the Eden Coast extending through to Byron Bay.

A southerly swell has been building throughout Sunday with peaks expected to reach as high as 3 metres in some areas.

It is expected that these hazardous conditions will continue for at least the next 48 hours with the coastal winds also likely to impact on the strength and direction of the swell.

Conditions are expected to begin easing on Tuesday.

Additionally a long swell period of around 11 seconds has been forecasts, with Rock fishers in particular encouraged to wear a lifejacket and be alert to the conditions as they get on and off exposed rock platforms.

With most of the state’s beaches remaining unpatrolled for another month, SLSNSW Lifesaving Manager Matt Du Plessis is urging the public to be aware of the changing conditions, and to head to a lifeguard patrolled beach where possible.

“While three metres doesn’t sound especially large particularly when viewed in context of the swell seen along some parts of the coast two weekends ago we do encourage everyone to use common sense when they are in and around the water.

“Check the latest tide and weather forecasts, use appropriate safety gear such as a lifejacket when fishing, and always let others know your plans,” said Mr Du Plessis.

“While we do have emergency assets on call, it does take time for them to get to you, so if you have any doubt about your abilities to handle the conditions it’s safer not to go out.”

General Safety Tips During Dangerous Surf Conditions:

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

Sun 27 Aug 2017