Boaties are being urged not to be complacent about severe weather expected along the South-East Queensland coastline over coming days.
Dangerous conditions are expected along the east coast of Fraser Island and the Sunshine Coast from Wednesday morning, moving south to the Gold Coast by afternoon.
The Bureau of Meteorology advises there will be gale-force winds producing large east to south-easterly swells along parts of the southern Queensland coast from Wednesday.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey says boaties need take extra care.
“I urge boaties to postpone planned activities until the weather improves and even then make sure you check before heading out and keep checking while on the water. Always let someone such as your local volunteer rescue group, know when you’re leaving and when you’re due back… But most importantly, if in doubt – don’t go out.”
Mr Bailey urged boat operators to have an alternative plan to reach shelter in the event they were unable to return to their usual mooring or boat ramp.
“Having enough fuel on board can mean the difference between life and death.”
Remember too, the law requires boat owners or skippers to carry appropriate lifejackets for everyone on board and to give each person information about where safety equipment is kept and clearly sign where lifejackets are stowed.
It is compulsory for children under 12 years to wear a lifejacket when underway in an open boat under 4.8 metres and everyone on board must be wearing a lifejacket when crossing a designated coastal bar.
Boats and PWCs operating beyond smooth and partially smooth waters must carry an EPIRB when more than two nautical miles from land.
Now is also a great time to check flares and EPIRBs.
Water levels on the high tide early Wednesday morning were expected to approach or slightly exceed the highest tide of the year along the open beaches but flooding of low-lying areas was not expected.