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With the Bureau of Meteorology issuing wind and hazardous surf warnings for much of the NSW coast today, boaters are asked to play it safe and stay off the water as low pressure system deepens.

Marine Rescue NSW Acting Deputy Commissioner Darren Schott says that boaters planning to cross shallow waters and ocean bars should consider changing or delaying their voyage. ‘Boaters already on the water should carry the appropriate safety equipment and always wear a lifejacket.

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‘Boaters should remember to Log On with Marine Rescue via the Marine rescue app or via their local radio base.’

Storm Force wind warnings are in place for the Hunter, Sydney, Illawarra, Batemans and Eden Coasts today with southwesterly winds forecast to reach up to 50 knots (92km/h) offshore.

A Gale Warning is forecast for the Coffs and Macquarie Coasts while strong winds are expected for the Byron Coast and Sydney Enclosed Waters.

The Marine Rescue NSW Acting Deputy Commissioner said hazardous surf is also expected with warnings in place for the Byron, Coffs, Macquarie, Hunter, Sydney, Illawarra, Batemans and Eden Coasts.

Hazardous surf conditions

‘Hazardous surf conditions and high winds will be present across the state which creates a higher risk for boaters,’ said Mr Schott.

‘Please be careful and avoid going boating if possible.’

‘Significant wave heights of five to six metres are also possible. Spring tides may also compound the wave impacts.

‘Beach and ocean conditions could be dangerous and people should not go boating unless absolutely necessary.’


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