Boating safely in cold weather
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Boating safely in cold weather

August 18, 2019


DESPITE THE COOLER WEATHER — THIS IS STILL A POPULAR TIME FOR BOATERS TO BE OUT ON THE WATER. BUT THE LOWER TEMPERATURES MEAN YOU SHOULD TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTIONS TO STAY SAFE.NEWS 8’S RENEE CHMIEL HAS YOUR BACK WITH TIPS FOR BOATING IN THE COLD. 3 WHEN IT’S VERY COLD OUTSIDE DOING SIMPLE THINGS LIKE PUTTING ON A LIFE JACKET AND MAKING AN EMERGENCY PHONE CALL CAN BE MORE DIFFICULT. RICK ANDERSON IS A DOCK MASTER IN GUILFORD. HE WAS OUT ON THE WATER EARLY THIS MORNING…AND HE DRESSED FOR WINTER TODAY.HE SAYS IT’S BEST TO DRESS IN LAYERS.”TO GO FISHING I WORE LONG UNDERWEAR, I HAVE CARHARTT INSULATED BIB COVERALLS.”LONG ISLAND SOUND…IS ONLY ABOUT 55 DEGREES.AND THE TEMPERATURE DROPS QUICKLY AT THIS TIME OF YEAR. BOATERS OFTEN FIND IT FEELS MUCH COLDER OUT ON THE WATER THAN IT DOES AT THE DOCK. BOATING EXPERTS SAY TO DRESS FOR THE WATER TEMPERATURE, NOT THE AIR TEMPERATURE.”THEY OVERESTIMATE THEIR OWN ABILITIES AND ESPECIALLY IN COLD WATER BECAUSE YOU’LL LOSE BODY HEAT 25 TIMES FASTER IN THE WATER THAN YOU WILL IN THE AIR. YOUR BODY STARTS SHUTTING DOWN A LOT FASTER THAN PEOPLE ANTICIPATE.” IF A BOATER FALLS INTO THE WATER, THAT CAN BE DANGEROUS AS THE WATER GETS COLDER.ONE OF THE BEST THINGS BOATERS CAN DO AT ANY TIME OF YEAR IS TO WEAR A LIFE JACKET. “MAKE SURE THEY’RE THE RIGHT SIZE. THIS CERTAINLY ISN’T THE RIGHT SIZE FOR ME.”EXPERTS SAY MANY BOATERS OVERESTIMATE THEIR ABILITY TO SWIM, ESPECIALLY IN COLD WATER.AND GETTING HELP ISN’T ALWAYS EASY IN THE COLDER MONTHS. “THERE’S FEWER BOATERS OUT ON THE WATER IN CASE YOU GET INTO TROUBLE AND THERE’S FEWER PEOPLE THAT WILL ACTUALLY BE ABLE TO HELP YOU.”BOATERS SHOULD ALSO PREPARE FOR WIND…WHICH CAN BE STRONG AT THIS TIME OF YEAR. THAT’LL MAKE IT FEEL EVEN COLDER…AND THE WIND CAN BE UNPREDICTABLE. “YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN THE WIND’S GOING TO PICK UP. IT WAS PRETTY ROUGH THIS MORNING BUT IT FLATTENED OUT AS THE TIDE CHANGED.” BECAUSE OF THE COLDER WEATHER AND THE EARLIER SUNSETS, EXPERTS SAY IT’S NOW ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT TO LET SOMEONE KNOW WHERE YOU’LL BE BOATING AND WHAT TIME YOU EXPECT TO RETURN. IN GUILFORD, RENEE CHMIEL NEWS 8. 3 NEW TONIGHT –A NEW LONDON MAN IS FACING CHARGES FOR ALLEGEDLY CRASHING INTO SEVERAL PARKED CARS WHILE DRUNK OR HIGH.PARKED CARS WHILE INTO SEVERAL ALLEGEDLY CRASHING FACING CHARGES FOR A NEW LONDON MAN IS NEW TONIGHT — 3

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