Shoalhaven News

Lifesavers on standby as storms approach


With hazardous weather conditions forecast to impact the NSW coastline from today, surf lifesavers are urging the public to exercise caution.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a Hazardous Surf Warning and a Marine Wind Warning for the NSW coast from the Eden Coast to the Coffs Coast.

The hazardous weather conditions are forecast for today, Tuesday 19, and tomorrow, Wednesday 20 January.

Conditions will be hazardous for coastal activities such as rock fishing, boating, surfing and swimming. People should consider staying out of the water and avoid walking near surf-exposed areas.

Rock fishers should avoid coastal rock platforms exposed to the ocean and seek a safe location that is sheltered from the surf. 

Surf Life Saving NSW CEO Steven Pearce says conditions along the NSW coast will become hazardous today and tomorrow and he is urging the public to take extreme caution near the coast. 

“A low-pressure system is making its way north up the NSW coastline and is producing high winds and large surf. It’s creating hazardous conditions for swimmers, surfers, rock fishers and boaters,” he said. 

“We are urging members of the public not to engage in coastal activities that might put them at risk as surf conditions intensify. Please only swim at a patrolled location and if beaches are closed and the flags are down, don’t take the risk." 

With sea swells of up to three metres (6-8ft) and strong winds forecast, there is a threat of possible beach and coastal erosion.

Tides will be moderate through the week, with modest highs during the late afternoon in the 1.4 – 1.6 metre range.

As a gazetted emergency service organisation, Surf Life Saving NSW has call-out teams, Duty Officers and surf rescue assets on standby.

The Sydney-based Surf Rescue 30 offshore rescue boat and Surf Rescue 40 and Surf Rescue 50 jetboats, based in Ballina and Kiama, are on standby to respond to critical coastal incidents.