Winds of change needed for boats on Northern Rivers bar
WITHIN one month two boats have rolled at the Evans Head bar.
The first was a tinny with two people in it and the latest was a charter boat, where half the people and their gear were tipped out into the water last Thursday while crossing the bar.
Marine Rescue unit commander Karin Brown said sand dredged recently from the river was buildng up again as northerly tides and winds were pushing it back, making it too shallow for some boats.
"What we need is the southerly swell and winds to come and drag it all back out to sea," she said.
"It should be a warning to boaties to take care and read the channels before they go out.
"Sometimes the channel is on the south wall and sometimes on the north wall."
Some handy safety tips to keep in mind when boating anywhere:
- Make sure you have life jackets for all on board.
- Stay alert to weather conditions and constantly monitor the Bureau of Meteorology.
- Check your craft thoroughly in all respects before heading out on the water.
- Notify others - check that a responsible person knows the description of your boat, the number of passengers, where you are going, and your expected time