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Posted on April 21, 2020 at 1:07 PM by Ryan Hiniker
Drainage update 4/21/2020
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Early Season Boating Safety:
After almost a month of quarantining ourselves, people are starting to want to get outside and enjoy the joys of Minnesota living. One of our biggest assets is our abundant lakes and water bodies. However, spring and late fall boating activities can be very dangerous.
I came across this interesting reading about cold weather boating. I know many weekend warriors don’t like to hit the lakes until it’s nice and warm out, but many avid fisher people like to get out as early as possible. Early season, or “ice out” can be great times for pan fishing on many of our area lakes.
Just like late fall hunting out of boats, early spring fishing can be dangerous if one finds themselves in the water. A large portion of deaths and boating fatalities involve cold water situations and victims not wearing life jackets. Boat capsizing and victims falling out into the icy-cold waters are the most common types of accidents involving deaths. The icy-cold water is so deadly because many of us don’t know how to react to the sudden “shock” to the body system from the extreme cold.
Wearing a life jacket is the number one way of surviving falling into cold waters while boating. Hypothermia isn’t the only way a person can die when immersed into icy waters. Shock is the first thing a victim will feel after falling in. Shock brings on panic and gasping for air, which can be followed by hyperventilation.
Much of your energy is used up in the initial shock phase, which can causing drowning. The longer you’re exposed to the water the quicker your legs and arms start to cool off, making it much harder to keep your head above the water if you can’t swim properly. You can be an Olympic swimmer and still succumb to the effects of the icy waters.
Hypothermia is the worst stage of exposure. The cooling off of the arms and legs and losing mobility to them, accompanied by intermittent losses of consciousness, makes for a dangerous recipe. Hypothermia will eventually get bad enough that the body will cool off so much internally, that it will render you unconscious and you’ll drown if not wearing a life jacket.
Don’t be a victim this spring while boating, please wear a life jacket. If you do find yourself capsized or thrown from the watercraft, try to swim to the watercraft and stay with it. Most watercraft will float to some degree, even after being capsized. Staying with the capsized watercraft not only gives you something to hang on to, which helps you float above water, but it also makes it easier for search and rescue personnel to find a larger boat with you hanging on to it.
For more information, read the entire article here:
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