Boat­ies urged to stay safe dur­ing bad weather

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - NEWS - COAST WATCH JOHN GASPAROTTO

The Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy pro­vides se­vere weather warn­ings and you can hear reg­u­lar up­dates on the marine ra­dio chan­nels

WEATHER checks are vi­tal be­fore you go boat­ing.

With heavy rain and storms pre­dicted for the Sun­shine Coast, now is a re­minder for all boat­ies to stay safe by keep­ing in­formed about the lat­est weather con­di­tions.

Coast Guard Caloun­dra is urg­ing all boat­ies to check the lat­est weather in­for­ma­tion be­fore head­ing out on our wa­ter­ways this boat­ing sea­son.

Boat­ies must make sure they check ex­pected con­di­tions in ad­vance of their out­ing and con­tinue to check while on the wa­ter.

Al­ways pre­pare for the un­ex­pected – plan ahead or, if you in­tend to be away for a day or two, ob­tain a long-range weather fore­cast.

It’s also im­per­a­tive to tell your lo­cal vol­un­teer marine res­cue sta­tion where you are go­ing, and when and where you’re due back.

Re­mem­ber the weather can change sud­denly and with­out warn­ing. At the first sign of wors­en­ing weather con­di­tions head for shel­ter.

The Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy pro­vides se­vere weather warn­ings and you can hear reg­u­lar up­dates on the marine ra­dio chan­nels.

Coast Guard Caloun­dra en­cour­ages boat­ies to read and fa­mil­iarise them­selves with the Mar­itime Safety Queens­land’s con­tin­gency plans and re­quire­ments for cy­clones and ex­treme weather events in our re­gion, which is avail­able on its web­site.

The best pro­tec­tion against ex­treme weather is to plan for such events.

Move your tin­nies, kayaks, gar­den fur­ni­ture and other items away from the wa­ter’s edge to avoid them be­ing swept up in the higher tides.

Boat own­ers should en­sure their ves­sels are se­curely moored and check on them of­ten as high tidal surges can put stress on moor­ing tackle.

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