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Rough surf conditions expected along the South African coast

Storm conditions, strong gale force winds and rough seas, coupled with a full moon Spring tide will cause dangerous coastal shoreline conditions over the next 5 to 6 days.

The SA Weather Service has posted alerts warning of rough seas, storm conditions, strong gale force winds and storm surges and they are monitoring weather data charts to adapt warnings accordingly.

The full moon Spring tide peaked yesterday, 20th July, and will add to the storm weather conditions

Spring tide conditions will last into the early part of next week.

Spring tide happens twice every month of the year, at full moon and at new moon, bringing higher than normal high tides, lower than normal low tides, and stronger than normal rip currents.

The NSRI has urged boaters, paddlers, bathers, sailors and anglers to be cautious around the coast during these storm conditions.

“We urge sea users to watch weather warnings, have the sea rescue emergency phone number 112 programmed into your phone and only go to sea if it is absolutely necessary.”

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Anglers fishing along the shoreline, people hiking along coastal hiking routes, beach strollers, paddlers and boaters should be vigilant of the tides, breaking surf along the shoreline and rough sea conditions.

“Anyone launching any kind of craft to go to sea should let a responsible person know your launch time, your exact route and your return time. Stick to your intended plan and let the responsible person know of your safe return.

Boaters and paddlers can make use of the NSRI free phone app RSA SafeTrx to further enhance personal safety – see SafeTrx on the NSRI web page www.nsri.org.za,” added the NSRI in their statement.

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