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NSRI issues 'full moon spring tide' warning - public urged to take extreme caution on the coast

Dec 13, 2016
NSRI issues 'full moon spring tide' warning - public urged to take extreme caution on the coast

As visitors and locals alike flock to the coast this festive season, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) on Tuesday urged for extreme caution around the coastline between the 13th of December and 19th of December.

"The monthly Full Moon Spring Tide peaks with the Full Moon on Wednesday, 14th of December, and the effects of this Spring Tide on the coastline is now in full swing and peaks on the 14th December and will continue to affect the coastline until the end of the coming weekend," the NSRI warned.

"Spring Tide happens twice every month, at Full Moon and at New Moon, and lasts for a few days over each full moon and each new moon, peaking on the day of the full moon and the new moon.

"The twice monthly Spring Tides bring higher than normal high tides and lower than normal low tides and stronger than normal rip currents."

The NSRI said that the Wednesday “Full Moon Spring Tide” will affect the coastline causing stronger than normal rip-currents, higher than normal high tides and lower than normal low tides.

"From today, Tuesday 13th December – peaking on Wednesday 14th December – and lasting until at least Monday 19th December – over this period of time the public, anglers, bathers, beach strollers, boaters, paddlers and coastline hikers are advised to exercise extreme caution around the coastline during this Full Moon Spring Tide and to be aware of the abnormal sea conditions, stronger than normal rip currents, higher than normal high tides, lower than normal low tides, the Spring Tide phenomenon and its natural affect on the coastline," the NSRI described.

"Bathers should go to beaches only where and when lifeguards are on duty and obey the safe swimming areas protected by lifeguards."