Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Cold Water Dangers and Survival Tips

Salt Lake City - As ice begins to melt off reservoirs, Utah State Parks boating officials remind everyone to be aware of sudden spring storms and cold water temperatures.

“You never know when you might end up in the water. Life jackets not only keep you afloat, but provide an extra layer of warmth,” said Assistant Boating Program Manager Chris Haller. “The combination of additional heat and flotation might mean the difference between life and death.”
Haller recommends these cold water boating safety tips:

- Have a ladder or a method to re-board your boat
- Carry a signaling device, such as a mirror or flare gun
- Carry a cell phone or marine band radio with service where you boat
- Always tell someone your boating plans including where you are going and what time you will return
- Check local weather conditions before heading out
- Carry proper equipment on board your boat

For more information, visit stateparks.utah.gov or call (801) 538-BOAT. Wear it Utah!

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