Heavy Swells Forecast For NSW Coastline

Surf Life Saving New South Wales urges all coastal water users to remain vigilant following the issuing of a dangerous surf warning by the Bureau of Meteorology.

The heavy swells, strong coastal winds and widespread rain expected are caused by the presence of Tropical Cyclone Marcia off the Queensland Coast.

Heavy conditions are expected from Friday and look set to continue through to Sunday night. Swells with peaks of up to 4 metres are expected between the Queensland Border and Smoky Cape on the state’s Mid-North-Coast propelled by East to North-Easterly winds.

The warning is in place for the entire NSW coastline with conditions further south also expected to be heavy with swells anticipated to be between 2-3 metres and have swell periods of up to 10 seconds.

Extra care should be taken by boat skippers crossing coastal bars, rockfishers, swimmers and surfers.

“While the heaviest swells and unpleasant conditions are likely to be concentrated around the northern part of the state, we would still encourage all coastal users to be vigilant for their own and others safety,” Surf Life Saving NSW Operations Manager Adam Weir said.

“Know your limits, talk to the locals, and if in any doubt about the conditions, don’t go out.”

Conditions have been forecast to ease slightly by Monday.

Some beaches may be closed due to hazardous conditions.

Check the Beachsafe Website for up-to-date beach information.

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.
  • 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.
  • See the Beachsafe Website or app for patrolled locations/times and rock fishing safety information.
  • If witnessing an in-water emergency dial Triple Zero – Police.

Thu 19 Feb 2015