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Focus on Boating Safety from USCGA




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                                                                                                                       Here’s what the signs of hypothermia
                      US Coast Guard Auxiliary                                                                         include:
                                                                                                                       • shivering uncontrollably
                    Tips and Tactics:                                                                                  • pain in the extremities
                                                                                                                       • reduced core temperature
                                                                                                                       • cool skin and muscle rigidity
                                                                                                                       • slowed heart rate and weak pulse
                                                                                                                       •  low  blood  pressure  and  irregular,  slow
                                                                                                                       breathing
                                                                                                                       •  drowsiness,  slurred  speech  and  incoher-
                                                                                                                       ence, and lack of coordination
                                                                                                                       •  reduction  in  dexterity  and  diminished
                                                                                                                       judgment.
                                            Boating and

                                            water safety in

                                            cold weather






      By David G. Epstein, Branch Chief, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
      Cold weather is here, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get out on the water, but it is
      important to keep safety at the forefront. Cold weather injuries like hypothermia are a
      big concern, can happen quickly and is life threatening. Quite simply, hypothermia oc-
      curs when exposure to cold results in a reduction in core body temperature. As a result,
      a person loses heat faster than it can be replaced.
        First, it’s important to keep in mind that you should always wear clothes based on the water
      temperature, rather than the air temperature. Please remember that even if it’s sunny, if you fall
      in the water, your body will react like you are outside as if without any clothes on. The water
      strips your body of heat 25 to 30 times faster than air. This means that if you or someone else
      falls overboard, core temperature drops within 10 to 15 minutes.
















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