| 'Dangerous conditions on river bars, east coast Australia' . |
Following a Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) warning about dangerous surf conditions from the Victorian border to Smoky Cape on the mid north coast tomorrow Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) has issued an alert.
Skippers and owners of all small craft should be on high alert and check the conditions before considering crossing a coastal bar or heading offshore.
Rock fishers should also check weather forecasts before heading out to decide if it is safe to fish near dangerous surf.
Strong winds can also cause dangerous conditions for vessels on moorings which have been poorly maintained.
Every skipper is responsible for the safety of their vessel and all on board. RMS advises skippers to:
• Check the official weather forecast before and during boating
• Ensure the boat and its equipment is suitable for the conditions
• Log on/off with a Marine Rescue NSW marine radio base for every trip offshore
• Wear a lifejacket.
For more information:
Offshore boating safety: click here
Lifejackets: click here
Live vision of bar crossings: click here
Official forecast: click here
BoM maritime-specific advice: click here
Boating safety images: click here
by Roads and Maritime Services
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6:30 AM Fri 14 Jun 2013GMT
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