United States Coast Guard rescue diver jumps from a HH-60 Jayhawk during a demonstration. Photo by Brandon Weeks (CC 3.0)

 

The U.S. Coast Guard has an important reminder for all boaters and paddlers heading out on the water for a sail, paddle, cruise or two over the holidays.

While the outdoor temps. will top 70ºF today, the water temps. are seasonably frigid.

 

Crewmembers of the Coast Guard Cutter Sea Otter wearing immersion suits link arms during survival training. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Henry G. Dunphy)

 

U.S. Coast Guard: “Excited boaters and paddlers in their new canoes and kayaks will understandably want to take advantage of the mild weather,” said Walt Taylor, the 1st Coast Guard District’s recreational boating safety specialist.

“The Coast Guard strongly recommends everyone boating this winter always wear a lifejacket over a dry-suit or wetsuit, carry a VHF radio, and file a float plan with someone who knows when you are leaving, where you are going, and when you plan to be back.”

 

Petty Officer 3rd Class Aaron Bradshaw, Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Bird and Seaman Elizabeth Braun, from Station Harbor Beach, Mich., stand in their cold-water gear prior to ice-rescue training. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Peter J.C. Brown)

 

You can also download the Coast Guard’s boating safety mobile app – which puts features like state-specific boating information, weather report updates from NOAA, navigation rules and float plans – all in the palm of your hand.

Read more from the U.S. Coast Guard here…

 

posted by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

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