How to avoid hypothermia on Michigan waters: Coast Guard offers 4 tips as temperatures dip

In this picture, provided by the US Coast Guard Air Station in Traverse City, personnel are training for rescue in the water in cold temperatures.

TRAVERSE CITY, MI – With temperatures plummeting and snowflakes, the U.S. Coast Guard in Traverse City shared four tips on Facebook to avoid hypothermia in Michigan waters.

These tips are as follows:

  • There is a significant risk of diving hypothermia in water colder than 25 degrees Celsius or 77 degrees Fahrenheit. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported immersion hypothermia – which refers to hypothermia that occurs when the human body is immersed in water – “develops much faster than normal hypothermia because water heats up 25 times faster derives from the body as air ”.
  • Individuals should monitor the marine weather forecast before planning a trip to any of Michigan’s waters. “Snow with a sea effect, strong winds and falling temperatures are good reasons to re-evaluate an excursion,” says the coast guard’s Facebook post.
  • For those of you bringing a 6-pack of beer while you are ice fishing, remember: The Coast Guard post reminded people that alcohol decreases the body’s ability to ward off the cold.
  • The Coast Guard recommended that people invest in a Personal Locator Beacon in addition to a portable VHF FM marine radio. Both measures allow users to alert the Coast Guard and other public safety forces in the event of an emergency on the water.


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