Rock Fishing Alert - Dangerous Surf

Surf Life Saving NSW is advising rock fishers to avoid the open coastline on Sunday to Tuesday, as dangerous surf conditions are expected.

Saturday 1 June 2013

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) is forecasting a long period southerly swell (18 secs) will pose a heightened risk to rock fishers on exposed and south facing rocks/platforms.

“People shouldn’t put their life on the line and are encouraged to avoid rock fishing on the open coast in the coming few days,” said SLSNSW Lifesaving Manager, Dean Storey.

“The long period swell can mean a rock platform can look safe, however larger 'set' waves will come through intermittently and can catch you out," adds Storey.

Surf Life Saving NSW advises the following key safety messages for rock fishermen:

  • Avoid rock fishing on the open coast Sunday-Tuesday
  • Always wear a lifejacket and non-slip footwear
  • Check tides, swell and weather conditions
  • Fish with a friend – never fish alone
  • Carry a mobile phone
  • Never turn your back to the sea
  • Always spend time watching the conditions before fishing, and constantly scan for changing conditions
  • If in doubt, don’t go out

For multi-lingual rock fishing safety information go to www.beachsafe.org.au.

For in-water emergencies, call 000-Police immediately.

Sat 1 Jun 2013