Strong Wind And Big Surf Expected On NSW Coast

The Bureau of Meteorology have issued a warning to swimmers, surfers, rock fishers, and boaters to exercise caution in the water with dangerous surf conditions expected throughout the weekend.

Strong to gale force winds are expected over the weekend which will increase the swell height to 3-4 metres offshore.

A dominant north easterly swell on Saturday with a swell period of 9-10 seconds is likely to be replaced by south easterly swell during Sunday of 11-12 second swell periods.

This is likely to affect all beaches and rock platforms from the Mid North Coast of NSW down to Victoria, resulting in large, messy surf conditions.

NSW Lifesaving Manager, Andy Kent has urged all beachgoers and craft users not to take any unnecessary risks this weekend.

“The best advice we can give people is to be aware of the changing conditions. Take the time to get the latest weather forecast before heading out and let others know what your plans are," Andy Kent said.

“Weather forecasts are continually updated and it’s important to make sure you are aware of deteriorating conditions,” Mr Kent said.

“We have lifesaving assets ready to respond to coastal emergencies but it’s better for people to use their common sense and take responsibility for their own and others safety.”

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. Visit 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

Useful Links:

BeachSafe Website - www.beachsafe.org.au
Bureau of Meteorology - www.bom.gov.au
Marine Rescue NSW - www.marinerescuensw.com.au

Sat 22 Oct 2016