The temperatures are rising, and the sun is starting to shine, which means that being out on the water, is on many people??s minds.
The Coast Guard wants to remind everyone that the water can still be very dangerous this time of the year.
44-year-old Dave Dickerson was just 44-years-old when his canoe overturned in the Omena Bay last Spring. An experienced canoer and kayaker, Dave??s sister, Rachel North, says that she never would have questioned his judgment to go out without the proper gear.
??All he was wearing was his life jacket, a fleece, and his shorts,?? said North. ??Shortly after that, cold water would have made his heart stop and he died.??
The Traverse City Coast Guard says that Spring is one of the most dangerous times of the year for cold water related deaths. Any water temperature below 70-degrees can result in Hypothermia.
??It??s an extremely dangerous part of the year because the air temperature starts to warm up and people tend to dress for the air temperature as opposed to the water,?? says AST 2 Robert Rendon.
The Coast Guard says that wearing a dry suit, life jacket, and going out in pairs are just some of the many things that can help save your life from Hypothermia.
??Other than a life jacket, one of the most important things to have on you is an EPIRB (Emergency Positions Indicating Radio Beacon), or a signaling device of some sort,?? said Rendon. ??That way as soon as you get into stress, you can send out a signal and people can immediately start searching??
Situations, when every single second counts.
??Once hypothermia sets in, it??s very hard to swim, or even pull yourself back into your vessel.??
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