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What you should do if you think you or some-  • Always wear a life jacket while boating.                                                             19     [     MID-AMERICA BOATING     ]     JANUARY/FEBRUAR 2022
      one on your boat is experiencing hypothermia:  •  If  you  wind  up  in  the  water,  try  not  to  panic
      • Immediately call for help using VHF channel 16   as it can increase heat loss from your body and
      or call 911.                             shorten  your  survival  time…remain  in  a  curled
      •  Warm  and  restore  the  warmth  of  the  victim   up, heat-retaining position.
      slowly.                                  • Stick with your capsized boat and try to get as
      • Start CPR, if needed, while continuing to gradu-  much of your body out of the water as possible.
      ally warm the person.                    •  Avoid  consuming  alcoholic  beverages  while
      • Give warm fluids to the victim.        boating…they allow heat to escape from the
      •  Keep  their  body  temperature  up  by  keeping   body more quickly because alcohol dilates
      them wrapped up in a blanket. (You should have   blood vessels.
      several emergency blankets on board.)      And  always  wear  your  life  jacket! Please
                                               wear it because remember that heat loss
      Preventing Hypothermia is about planning   will make it hard to use your fingers after
      and awareness:                           experiencing hypothermia. MAB
        To prevent exposure to hypothermia, the Coast
      Guard Auxiliary provides the following key advice:  David G. Epstein, BC-DAE, FSO-PA is an officer with
      •  Know  the  weather  conditions  before  you  set   the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary which is the uniformed
      out…don’t leave your port or dock if the weather   Auxiliary of Team Coast Guard. He is a Branch Chief
      may turn rough.                          in the National Diversity Directorate and Staff Officer
      • File a float plan to tell your friends and family   for Flotilla 14-05-03 in New York City. For more
      where you are going and when you plan to return.  information, please visit

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