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Rock fishers, swimmers, surfers, and recreational boat users looking to make the most of the afternoon sun after work this week are being urged to exercise caution with hazardous surf expected along much of the NSW Coast.

The warning is in place for coastal waters from the Eden Coast through to as far north as Taree with the peak of conditions expected to coincide with high tide on Wednesday evening.

It is anticipated that the swell will continue to build into tomorrow with sets over 3 metres likely in some south-facing locations.

These potentially hazardous conditions are likely to continue until at least Thursday morning before easing.

Additionally coastal winds are expected to continue to strengthen and could impact the size and direction of the swell.

Rock fishers are also being urged to be aware of the changing conditions with a swell period of between 11-12 seconds anticipated for much of the coast.

Extra care should be taken when getting on and off exposed rock platforms while it is encouraged that rock fishers take appropriate safety measures including wearing a lifejacket.

NSW Lifesaving Manager Matt du Plessis is urging the public to be aware of the changing conditions, and to not take the ocean for granted following a number of high profile incidents.

“Last weekend was exceptionally busy for our lifesavers who performed nearly 100 rescues across NSW.

“We strongly encourage everyone to keep their safety in mind. Some simple tips include checking the latest tide and weather forecasts, know your limitations, and always let others know your plans,” said Mr du Plessis.

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 BeachSafe [external] for patrolled locations/times 

  • Check the official Bureau of Meteorology [external] (BOM) forecast before undertaking rock fishing and water activities 

  • Boaties should seek advice from Marine Rescue NSW [external] and always wear a lifejacket 

  • If witnessing an in-water emergency dial Triple Zero – Police


Tuesday 31 October 2017