Ex-tropical cyclone Debbie may have a final, gale-force parting shot for Queenslanders along the state’s southern coastal waters.
Maritime Safety Queensland General Manager Patrick Quirk, urged boaties to exercise extreme caution over coming days.
“Boaties planning outings on central and southeast Queensland coastal waters by now should have reconsidered their plans with the onset of heavy rain, strong winds and increasing swells,’ Mr Quirk said.
“Ex-tropical cyclone Debbie is tracking southeastwards over the next few days before shifting off the southeast Queensland coast tonight and into Friday.
“If the system develops further off the southeast coast we will see gale force winds likely to develop through southern coast waters.
“Apart from heavy rains, we’ll see damaging south to southwesterly wind gusts of 30 to 45 km/h in coming days.
“Large seas off both the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast will make offshore boating unsafe. This is especially critical at bar crossings in Noosa, Mooloolaba, the Gold Coast Seaway, Currumbin Creek and Tweed River.
“Even with the passing of the severe weather system conditions could still be unstable.
“If you do head out when conditions improve, let your local volunteer rescue group know when you’re leaving and when you’re due back and leave contact details.
“Be prepared for sudden unexpected weather changes and at the first sign of deteriorating weather make sure everyone on board is wearing a lifejacket.
“Have an alternative plan to reach shelter if you can’t get back to your usual mooring or boat ramp and ensure you have enough fuel to get there.
“Importantly, the prospect of heavy rains raises another risk for boaties of carbon monoxide build-up.
“Make sure that you have good ventilation throughout the vessel when underway to avoid the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
“This odourless, deadly gas can easily build up if clears are down due to wet weather.
“Check weather conditions before heading out and keep checking while on the water - but most importantly, if in doubt – don’t go out.”