Boaters Should Be Aware Of Cold Water DANGERS|
Hypothermia Risks Very High In Early Spring
COLUMBUS, OH - Boating on water that is very cold requires special care to avoid hypothermia, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Watercraft.
Many boaters who venture out onto the state's waterways during mild spring weather are not prepared for capsizing or swamping and a sudden immersion into water that may be significantly colder than the air temperature. Most spring boating fatalities are the result of these kinds of incidents, national statistics show.
Wearing a life jacket and protective clothing significantly decreases the risk of hypothermia for boaters who fall into cold water.
The Division of Watercraft offers the following tips for early spring boaters:
Dress for existing water temperatures and not air temperatures when boating.