People fishing off rocks are urged to check the warnings this week.
People fishing off rocks are urged to check the warnings this week. Debrah Novak

Coast warning for boat owners and fisherman

A WARNING has been issued for dangerous surf conditions on the NSW coast today and tomorrow.

Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) has issued an alert following a Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) warning about dangerous surf conditions from the Victorian border to Coffs Harbour between Ulladulla and the Queensland border.

Skippers and owners of 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 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. 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.

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