Weather checks vi­tal for boat­ies

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

WITH storm sea­son in full swing now is the time for all boat­ies to stay safe by keep­ing in­formed about the lat­est weather con­di­tions.

Coast Guard Caloun­dra urges all boat­ies to check weather in­for­ma­tion be­fore head­ing out on our wa­ter­ways. 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 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 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 the Mar­itime Safety Queens­land’s con­tin­gency plans for cy­clones and ex­treme weather events which is avail­able on their web­site.

Move your tin­nies, kayaks, gar­den fur­ni­ture and other items away from the wa­ter’s dur­ing higher tides. En­sure ves­sels are se­curely moored and check on them often as high tidal surges can put stress on moor­ing lines.

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