Surf Life Savers are warning swimmers, surfers and boaties to be aware of dangerous surf conditions this weekend. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star
Surf Life Savers are warning swimmers, surfers and boaties to be aware of dangerous surf conditions this weekend. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star Marc Stapelberg

Don’t be a statistic in dangerous surf conditions

SURF Life Savers are warning beachgoers, fishermen and boaties about dangerous surf conditions on the Far North Coast from today following six coastal drownings in the region so far in 2016.

Surf Life Saving Far North Coast duty officer Chris Samuels said a strong south-east swell up to three metres was predicted from tomorrow.

Mr Samuels said after 45 coastal drownings in NSW so far this year, everyone should heed the warnings.

He said the Far North Coast was the number one region in NSW for responses by life savers to incidents in 2016, despite Sydney beaches hosting a much larger population.

“The south facing beaches will be the most exposed to this swell,” he said.

“People intending to go to the beach are advised to swim between the flags at the patrolled beaches in our region, which are Byron Bay and Lennox Head.”

Anyone intending to go rock fishing should check weather conditions with the Bureau of Meteorology, Mr Samuels said.

Predicted strong winds could also cause dangerous conditions for vessels on moorings which have been poorly maintained.

People in boats are reminded the skipper is responsible for the safety of their vessel and all on board.

Roads and Maritime 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.

Factbox

For more information about:

Offshore boating safety:

www.maritime.nsw.gov.au/campaigns/offshore.html

Lifejackets:

www.lifejacketwearit.com.au

Live vision of bar crossings:

www.maritime.nsw.gov.au/webcams/web-cam.html

Official forecast:

www.bom.gov.au/nsw

BoM maritime-specific advice:

www.bom.gov.au/marine/about/four-vital-checks.shtml



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