NH Marine Patrol Warns Of Cold Water

by Mower on April 25, 2013

in News

A NEW HAMPSHIRE MARINE PATROL OFFICER URGES BOATERS TO PROPERLY PREPARE BEFORE THEY TAKE TO THE WATER – AND REMEMBER THAT WATER TEMPERATURES ARE STILL VERY COLD – EVEN THOUGH THE AIR TEMPERATURE IS WARMING.

SGT. JOSH DIRTH – WHO IS BASED IN GILFORD NEAR LAKE WINNIPESAUKEE – SAYS IT’S THE SAME MESSAGE BUT A DIFFERENT YEAR – WATER CONDITIONS CAN VARY DAY TO DAY.

ICE OUT ON LAKE WINNIEPESAUKEE WAS OFFICIALLY DECLARED APRIL 17, 2013 BUT EVEN WITH AIR TEMPERATURES REACHING NEAR 70 WEDNESDAY, THE WATER TEMPERATURE IN THE LAKE IS STILL IN THE MID 40s.

DIRTH SAYS COMMERCIAL BOATS AND FISHERMEN ARE ALREADY OUT ON THE WATER.

AND HE’S ALREADY RESPONDED TO ONE BOATING ACCIDENT THIS SEASON WHERE A SMALL BOAT CAPSIZED IN SWIFT WATER.

FORTUNATELY, THE PEOPLE ABOARD WERE HELPED BY OTHERS AND NOT HURT. DIRTH SAYS THE VICTIMS HAD LIFE JACKETS BUT WEREN’T WEARING THEM – HE SAYS THEY WERE “CLEARLY SHAKEN BY THE EXPERIENCE.”

DIRTH SAYS HIS OFFICERS ALWAYS WEAR THEIR LIFE JACKETS WHEN THEY ARE IN A BOAT.

HE RECOMMENDS EVERY BOATER WEAR ONE, MAKE SURE THEIR BOAT IS IN GOOD SHAPE – AND NOT GO OUT INTO UNSAFE CONDITIONS.

HE ALSO RECOMMENDS FILING A FLOAT PLAN – ESSENTIALLY LETTING SOMEONE KNOW WHERE YOU INTEND TO BOAT – AND WHEN YOU PLAN TO BE BACK.

FOR MORE SAFETY IDEAS, CONNECT TO THE MARINE PATROL WEBSITE THROUGH www.nh.gov.

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