Powerful Swell for NSW Coastline

Swimmers, surfers, boat skippers and fishermen are urged to exercise caution when out on the water this weekend after forecasted conditions prompted the Bureau of Meteorology to issue a dangerous surf warning for at least the next 48 hours.

The warning is in place for the entire NSW Coastline stretching from the Victorian through to the Queensland border.

Swells between 2 to 2.5 metres from the south east are expected throughout the weekend. This will impact on south and open facing beaches and rock platforms.

A swell period of up to 10 seconds has also been forecast, which could impact on people using rock platforms.

Conditions are expected to ease in the southern part of the state by Saturday evening and along the far north coast throughout Sunday.

NSW Lifesaving Manager Andy Kent urges the public to take these warnings seriously following a spike in the number of coastal drownings throughout January.

“Unfortunately we have seen a number of coastal drownings over the summer holidays, and we are asking people to remain cautious while conditions are hazardous.

“We strongly urge everyone to take the time to assess the conditions before heading out. Our volunteer lifesavers will be out on patrol throughout the state, so please help them by swimming between the red and yellow flags,” Mr Kent said.

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

Useful Links:
Beachsafe - www.beachsafe.org.au
Bureau of Meteorology - www.bom.gov.au
Marine Rescue - www.marinerescuensw.com.au

Fri 5 Feb 2016