Dangerous surf forecast for Clarence Coast

SURFERS, swimmers, and boat skippers looking to make the most of the seemingly endless summer are advised to use caution in the state's waterways over the next few days with powerful surf conditions forecast from Tuesday. A strong southerly swell is expected to develop near Nowra on the state's South Coast by Tuesday afternoon. Conditions are expected to further deteriorate overnight with the warning in place for the entire NSW Coastline throughout Wednesday. Northern NSW may still be impacted by deceptively powerful swells in the early hours of Thursday while conditions expected to ease throughout the remainder of the day. South facing beaches are expected to experience the strongest conditions with a peak swell of around 3 metres in some areas anticipated. While powerful swells have been forecast, coastal users should also be aware that there will be a strong swell period of between 13-14 seconds as well. Those intending to fish on rock platforms should particularly be aware of this forecast. NSW Lifesaving Manager Andy Kent has urged the public to take these warnings seriously especially with the rising death toll in NSW waters. "Unfortunately this season we have recorded 45 drowning fatalities. At an average of one death almost every four days in 2016 this is obviously a statistic that is concerning to lifesavers," Mr Kent said. "The public should also be aware that there aren't any volunteer lifesavers on patrol over winter, and while we do have call out teams ready to respond to any coastal emergency it will take time to get to you if you do get into difficulty in the water." Mr Kent said there are a number of ways people can protect themselves when entering a coastal environment during the winter months. "The best advice we can give people is to be aware of their environment. Take the time to study the weather forecast before heading out and let others know your plans. "If you're going to be rock fishing wear the recommended safety equipment including a lifejacket, and if you have any doubt about your abilities in the conditions it's best not to go out," Mr Kent concluded. General Safety Tips During Dangerous Surf Conditions:
  • Avoid rock fishing and water activities on exposed beaches/rock-shelves
  • Only swim at patrolled beaches, between the red & yellow flags. See www.beachsafe.org.au for patrolled locations/times
  • Check the official Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) forecast before undertaking rock fishing and water activities
  • Boaties should seek advice from Marine Rescue NSW and always wear a lifejacket
  • If witnessing an in-water emergency dial Triple Zero - Police

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