Strong Surf Conditions Forecast For Saturday

Strong coastal winds forecast for this weekend has prompted the Bureau of Meteorology to issue a warning for all coastal water users along the NSW Coast.

Surf Life Saving NSW is among a number of agencies currently monitoring the developing weather system with the worst of conditions expected for Saturday afternoon.

Boat users in particular are being urged to be cautious with an offshore swell of between 3-5 metres expected along with significant winds as the conditions move north along the coast.

It is not yet clear how this will impact on conditions nearer the coast, but with many beaches still recovering from the erosion events generated by the East Coast Low earlier this month, lifesavers are urging everyone to use caution and common sense when at the beach.

A long period swell of between 10-12 seconds has also been forecast with rock fishers being urged to be aware of deceptively powerful conditions.

This season 48 people including 8 rock fishers have drowned in NSW coastal waters with lifesavers urging people not to overestimate their ability or underestimate the marine environment.

“The rising drowning toll over recent months is something that concerns everyone involved within the lifesaving and emergency services community, and it something that we will continue to do our best to arrest,” said NSW Lifesaving Manager Andy Kent.

“Our priority is to continue educating the public, and ensuring that our safety messages are heard and understood.”

A number of beaches will remain patrolled around NSW throughout the winter months by Council Lifeguards. Please see www.beachsafe.org.au for a full list of these patrolled locations. Volunteer lifesavers will return for the commencement of the 2016/17 season from Saturday September 24.

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 www.beachsafe.org.au 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

Fri 24 Jun 2016