Coast Guard Puts Out Warning About Ice Dangers

According to the Minnesota DNR the state had five ice related fatalities in the 2014-2015 ice season. 

Officer Harry Quinlan said,”One spot you could have a foot thick of ice and just a few feet away from there it could be a just a few inches. You never know what that’s going to be!”

Before you head out onto the lake make sure you take the correct precautions such as wearing a wet suit, going out in a group and carry an ice awl.

An ice awl is a key component in a self-rescue. It is a spiked device that is available to purchase at most sporting good stores. 

Keeping your body warm is key and symptoms of hypothermia develop as soon as your core body temperature drops below 98.6 degrees. 

Officer Quinlan said,”When you think about water temp, 70 degrees is actually considered to be cold water. And if you’re in the water for long periods at 70 degrees you’ll to develop Hypothermia.”

The stage of hypothermia has three different categories: Mild where the individual is conscious, oriented and shivering. Moderate where the individual conscious but disoriented, shivering stops and may not be able to help others. And severe the individual is unconscious, muscle rigid.

The Coast Guard recommends following the 1-10-1 cold water rule.

Quinlan continued,”One minute to get your breathing under control and calm yourself down. Ten minutes of functional movement and that means you full ability motor function to help yourself out. 

You can find additional safety tips on The U.S. Coast Guard website  www.uscgboating.org

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