Ontario's waterways: Caution - cold water

ORILLIA, ON, May 3 /CNW/ - A mild spring has opened up Ontario's waterways and many are eager to get their boating season started. Tragically, in the past week, two fatal boating incidents have been investigated by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP).

The OPP is cautioning boaters and those working near water that, while air temperatures are warm, water temperatures remain very cold. Cold water immersion is a significant risk that should not be taken lightly. Hypothermia is a serious condition that can be prevented with proper preparation before heading out.

    
    -   Wear a lifejacket. You will not have the time or the ability to
        effectively put on safety equipment in a sudden and unexpected man-
        overboard situation.
    -   Boaters are advised to wear clothing and equipment that protects them
        against the effects of cold exposure.
    -   Ensure your boat is equipped with the required safety equipment.
    -   Check water and weather conditions before heading out and be vigilant
        to changes in conditions.
    -   Tell others of your plans and your anticipated return.
    

Don't take unnecessary risks with your life of the lives of your passengers. To learn more about cold water immersion visit www.coldwaterbootcamp.com

www.opp.ca

SOURCE Ontario Provincial Police

For further information: For further information: Sgt Karen Harrington, OPP Marine Programs, Office: (705) 329-6125, Cell: (705) 330-2860


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