Boaters urged to stay away from dangerous waterways

Boaters are urged to stay away from the waterways until the dangerous conditions and severe weather clear, following heavy rain in Sydney and dangerous surf warnings across much of the NSW coast . Worsening conditions are expected around the Central Coast, Gosford, Greater Sydney and Wollongong tonight and tomorrow, with around 50mm to 150mm of rain expected. Intense rains already caused the Warragamba dam to overflow earlier in the day and continued heavy weather could cause the dam to overflow for the next fortnight. NSW Maritime executive director Mark Hutchings said boaters should stay away from the waterways in the dangerous conditions. “Boaters should be aware that being on the waterways in inclement weather will put you, your passengers and anyone who tries to save you in extreme danger. “Submerged debris, strong currents, wild weather, high winds and heavy seas cause dangerous conditions along the coast. “Flooding is also predicted in the Nepean, Hawkesbury, Georges and Colo rivers which could result in a significant amount of debris floating downstream. “Heavy rain is expected to continue and waterways are saturated, with the risk of life-threatening flooding and dangerous submerged debris making boating very dangerous,” Mr Hutchings said. Transport for NSW boating safety officers continue to assess damage to infrastructure, take note of hazards and restore aids to navigation, but it will take some time before the process is complete. Each skipper is responsible for the safety of his vessel and all persons on board. As severe weather continues to move along the NSW coast, we remind boaters across the state to:

  • Make sure your boat and equipment are suitable for the conditions.

  • Log in/out with Marine Rescue NSW via marine radio, phone or mobile app.

  • Make sure you and everyone on board your boat wears a life jacket at all times, even in calm conditions.

  • Make sure your ship’s mooring is secure due to the potential for strong winds.

To report misplaced navigation beacons or ships stranded on beaches or rocks, call 13 12 36.

For more information visit:

  • Boating safety: rms.nsw.gov.au/maritime/index.html

  • Offshore Safety: maritime.nsw.gov.au/campaigns/offshore.html

  • Lifejackets: lifejacketwearit.com.au

  • Live view of level crossings: maritime.nsw.gov.au/webcams/webcam.html

  • Forecast from the Bureau of Meteorology: bom.gov.au/marine/index.shtml#nsw

  • State Emergency Service updates: ses.nsw.gov.au

  • Live traffic conditions including road closures: livetraffic.com

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