The Commander from Coast Guard Melbourne, Marg Dawson said “This is traditionally a very busy night on the water especially if the weather conditions are ideal for the average angler. There will be boats as far as the eye can see."
Media Officer, Jason Power from Australia Volunteer Coast Guard in Melbourne said “Should any boats require assistance our volunteer radio operator's will be standing by the radios and phone to activate one of our 8 rescue vessels based around Port Phillip and Western Port. Our rescue crews will be out on patrol Friday night and standing by at their respective bases overnight."
The forecast for Port Phillip (from the BOM website) for Friday is:
Winds - Southwesterly 15 to 25 knots tending south to southwesterly 15 to 20 knots during the morning then becoming southerly up to 15 knots during the evening.
Seas - 0.5 to 1.5 metres.
Tips for staying safe on the water:
- Undertake maintenance of your vessel regularly, including the motor, fuel, batteries and structure
- In an Emergency raise the alarm on Marine radio: 27 MHz Channel 88, VHF Channel 16, HF frequency 2524 or Phone 000 and ask for Water Police. For Coast Guard Ph 9598 7003.
For photos or interviews please contact Jason Power, Media Officer. Phone: 04 3077 6674