Cold water warning issued for late season boaters in New England

BOSTON – With sunny skies and warmer than normal air temperatures forecasted for the weekend, the Coast Guard is issuing a cold-water warning to late-season boaters, paddlers, hunters, and fishers. Water temperatures are rapidly declining, greatly increasing the dangers of sudden, cold-water immersion.

Staying Safe in the Winter Waters

by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ayla Kelley The deck was slippery with ice as the freezing rain pelted down. The captain was passing his position over the radio as his crew was zipping up their wet suits. The water pump in the engine room had broken and the ship was taking on water; fast. The crews best hope for survival 15 miles offshore was to climb into the life raft and wait for rescue crews to arrive. ...