Warnings of dangerous surfing on Queensland coast remain
Dangerous conditions are concentrated along the southeast coast, with meteorologists saying the swell could be as strong as yesterday.
“This is due to a fairly intense low pressure system that has developed and remains slow off the north island of New Zealand,” said Felim Hanniffy, senior forecaster at the Bureau of Meteorology.
The Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Fraser Island Coast had the worst of intense weather conditions with waves expected to reach up to two meters today.
Yesterday a skipper and his two sailors had to be rescued after an “abnormal wave” crashed into their fishing trawler on the Gold Coast.
Seaman Jordan Craig suffered a concussion in the chaos and had to be rescued along with his crew by water police and paramedics.
“Out of nowhere he just broke (the boat),” Craig told 9News.
Earlier today, a large catamaran also encountered problems on the waters of the Gold Coast, with authorities having to tow the vessel to port.
Mr Hanniffy said surfing in Queensland may remain at dangerous levels until the weekend.
“The swell is easing a bit, but it will stay high in the middle of the week and it is possible that this swell will become dangerous again later in the week as you head into Friday and the weekend,” he said. . .
Elsewhere, a low, front and troughs continue to generate strong winds, showers and storms in Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia and Tasmania, with offshore winds bringing showers into the north Queensland.
A trough is causing scattered rains in northwest Western Australia and a high clearing in southern WA will leave the area cool with lows of only 7 ° C in some areas.