15 April 2015

• CTDEEP Alerts Boaters to Dangers of Hypothermia

Cold Waters of Early Spring Pose Risks
“Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) reminds all boaters that with this weekend’s forecast calling for sun and air temperatures in the upper 50’s, state waters are still in the 40’s meaning that immersion into the water can cause serious injury or death due to hypothermia….

”’Boaters are reminded that they are legally required to wear a life jacket while in a manually propelled vessel from October 1 through May 31,’ said Captain Ryan Healy, DEEP’s Environmental Conservation (EnCon) Police.

”In 2014 several incidents demonstrated the dangers posed by cold waters and hypothermia:

”A person was pulled from the water unresponsive in April after his vessel capsized at the mouth of Southport Harbor in Fairfield.

”Connecticut had two boating fatalities early in the season. In March a canoe capsized in Long Island Sound, Milford. In May another canoe capsized in LIS, Norwalk, with four males onboard; one male drowned. In both fatalities, life jackets were not worn….”

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