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Rock fishers, swimmers, surfers, and recreational boat users are being urged to exercise caution this weekend with the forecast of large surf conditions prompting surf lifesavers and the Bureau of Meteorology to issue a warning.

A dangerous surf warning is in place from Friday afternoon for New South Wales waters between the Far South Coast and Port Macquarie with the strong conditions expected to last until at least Saturday.

The southerly swell will build throughout the day with predicted peaks of between 3-5 metres offshore anticipated.

Waters between Sydney and Port Macquarie are likely to experience the strongest conditions on Saturday with southern facing rock platforms and headlands likely to be impacted especially around high tide.

Additionally there will be a long period swell of up to 13 seconds along most parts of the coast, which is particularly important for rock fishers to be aware of if they are accessing exposed platforms.

Rock fishers are also strongly encouraged to wear lifejackets near the water after two incidents last weekend, resulted in four men having to be rescued after becoming stranded by a rising tide at Norah Head and another two fishers were washed into the sea near Forster. Thankfully all were rescued or made it back to shore.

The warning is a timely reminder ahead of the NSW school holidays of the importance of being safe in and around the ocean, and NSW Lifesaving Operations Coordinator Andrew Ugarte has urged the public to take the warnings seriously.

“The best advice we can give people is to be aware of their environment and the changing conditions. Take the time to study a recent weather forecast before heading out and let others know what your plans are,” Mr Ugarte said.

“A great first port of call is the BeachSafe App or website which provides an overview of all patrolled beaches, beach closures and other important safety information.”


Friday 30 June 2017