Coast Guard advises mariners of cold weather hazards

USCG cautions boaters about higher risk of hypothermia

   USCG video taken by Petty Officer First Class Matthew Belson.

BOSTON - As a severe cold spell hits New England, the Coast Guard advises mariners to be especially vigilant while out on the water. With extreme cold air and water temperatures there is a high risk of hypothermia, especially if suddenly immersed in the water without the proper safety equipment.

In addition to always wearing a lifejacket and carrying required safety equipment while onboard a vessel, the Coast Guard recommends anyone venturing out onto the waters to wear a dry suit or wetsuit.

The above video depicts Coast Guard boating safety experts, including a crew from Coast Guard Station Boston, explaining the hazards of boating during winter and the cold water safety precautions mariners should follow.  The video was shot on Boston Harbor and storm footage was taken the next day on Cape Cod.

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