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Dangerous sea conditions Australia's Victorian border to Smoky Cape    
Fri, 14 Jun 2013

Following a Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) warning about dangerous surf conditions from the Victorian border to Smoky Cape on the mid north coast tomorrow Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) has issued an alert. Skippers and owners of all 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 if 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. For more information: Offshore boating safety: click here Lifejackets: click here Live vision of bar crossings: click here Official forecast: click here BoM maritime-specific advice: click here Boating safety images: click here

by Roads and Maritime Services

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