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Boaters warned of dangerous conditions for NSW boaters

Roads and Maritime Services has issued an alert to boaters after a Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) issued a warning about dangerous surf conditions today from the southern half of the Illawarra to Batemans Coastal areas.

BoM issued a warning predicting dangerous surf conditions including significant wave heights of two to four meters expected to develop from the afternoon until midnight on Tuesday 25 August.

Skippers and owners of small craft should be on high alert and check the conditions before considering crossing a coastal bar or heading offshore.

Roads and Maritime ServicesRock fishers should also check weather forecasts before heading out to decide whether 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. 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.

For more information on offshore boating safety visit website.

by Transport Roads and Maritime Services

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