With hazardous weather conditions forecast to impact parts of the NSW coastline this weekend, Surf Life Saving NSW is urging the public to exercise caution when visiting the coastline.
The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a Hazardous Surf Warning following predictions of major swell developing from the north-east, which is set to be overlayed by swells from the south, south-east and east. This is expected to create some confused surf conditions over the coming days.
It is anticipated this will impact the Lower North Coast up to the Queensland border.
Conditions will be hazardous for coastal activities such as rock fishing, boating, surfing and swimming. People should consider staying out of the water. Rock fishers should avoid coastal rock platforms exposed to the ocean.
SLSNSW Director of Lifesaving Joel Wiseman is urging the public to exercise caution if they are visiting the coast.
“These conditions have the potential to cause high winds which can be dangerous for rock fishing, boating, surfing and swimming,” he said.
“Given the conditions we are expecting, I would strongly urge people to understand their limitations and avoid taking unnecessary risks in the water.
“People are strongly urged to check BeachSafe if you do decide to take a risk.”
HAZARDOUS SURF CONDITIONS SAFETY TIPS
- Avoid rock fishing and water activities on exposed beaches/rock-shelves
- Only swim at patrolled beaches, between the red and yellow flags. See the Beachsafe Website 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 (000) – Police.