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Marine Rescue Urge South Coast Boaters To Prepare For Flooding


The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast flooding to develop in coming days on the NSW South Coast.

Marine Rescue Zone Commander South, Mike Hammond, said boaters should prepare now for possible flooding, and reschedule plans to head out on the water.

“The Bureau of Meteorology have advised that minor to moderate flooding is expected to develop in the coming days on the Moruya, Deua, Bega, and Towamba Rivers.”

“Boaters should prepare now by checking their boats are securely moored or removing them from the water, fitting storm covers, and considering what other actions are required to ensure the safety of their vessel.”

Mr Hammond urged boaters to stay off the water once rain and flooding commence, with flooded rivers and estuaries posing many hazards to boaters.

“Flooding results in swift currents and large amounts of dangerous debris in the water. Navigation markers may be submerged or washed away, and channels and sand banks can change location. Ingress and egress points such as boat ramps can be under water or affected by debris.”

“Boaters on the South Coast should consider delaying travel until such times as conditions ease.”

Once conditions ease, boaters are reminded to always Log On and Log Off with Marine Rescue on VHF Channel 16 or via the Marine Rescue NSW App.


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