December 7, 2022

Early warning of multiple Marine Rescue NSW rescues to check weather

A spate of weather-related rescues over the weekend and this morning prompted a call from Marine Rescue NSW Deputy Commissioner for Operations Alex Barrell for boaters to check forecast weather conditions before heading out on the water.

Over the weekend, Marine Rescue NSW responded to 65 emergency requests, including a third for boats affected by the high winds that developed on Sunday and Monday.

Weather-related rescues included a 15m cabin cruiser on the Shoalhaven River which broke its mooring and threatened to crash into oyster leases before being secured, a jet ski pilot on Port Hacking which was unable to bring passengers back across the bay due to wind whipped waves and requiring assistance, two kayakers near Lilli Pilli unable to move forward in the wind, two barges which broke their moorings on the Macleay River requiring them to be tied to emergency mooring lines, and two boaters who had to be rescued on Broken Bay and returned to their yacht after their tinnie was unable to head for shore in wild conditions.

Marine Rescue NSW Deputy Commissioner for Operations Alex Barrell praised the work of the Marine Rescue NSW crews who braved the harsh conditions over the weekend and said he was pleased the wild weather did not cause no injury.

“Before heading out on the water, it is essential that boaters consult the latest weather forecasts from the Bureau of Meteorology. These are regularly updated and give boaters the information they need to determine if it is safe enough to leave and when to return to shore,” Deputy Commissioner Barrell said.

“Ahead of forecast strong winds, boaters should check that mooring lines are secure and tie up or store any loose items on their vessel.”

Deputy Commissioner Barrell added that because conditions can change quickly, it was important to check the weather regularly throughout the day and be aware of your vessel’s limitations and your own capabilities.

“Boaters often overestimate their own and their vessel’s abilities in bad weather, so if the weather is expected to deteriorate, be cautious and steer clear before bad weather occurs.”

“While on the water, you can also call your local Marine Rescue NSW radio base on VHF channel 16 and get the latest and expected weather conditions, along with advice on where the local safest places to ride are. bad weather, and of course make sure everyone on board wears a life jacket at all times,” he added.