Posted by: backcountryutah | June 4, 2010

Stay alive and avoid Cold Water Dangers

Salt Lake City- Utah State Parks Boating Managers remind everyone that water temperatures remain very cold despite warmer air temperatures, and encourage all boaters, anglers and anyone on or near the water wear life jackets and take other precautions.

“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 warmth 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 and make sure your device has service in the area
– 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 onboard your boat

For more information and to find current boating conditions, visit http://www.stateparks.utah.gov/ or call (801) 538-BOAT. Wear it Utah!

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