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US Coast Guard Winona Flotilla Ice Safety

With freezing temperatures and worse this month one might think that driving a vehicle, snowmobile, or ice fishing on frozen rivers and lake is safe.

Chris Warrington with the Winona Flotilla of the Coast Guard Auxiliary says that’s not always the case and people need to know what’s safe and what isn’t.

Warrington says dress properly for the weather, always wear layers, and dress for the water temperature, not the air temperature. He says you should be wearing a life jacket or an insulated jacket.

Cold-water immersion is the cause of many boating-related fatalities. The danger increases as water temperature decreases below normal body temperature. Warrington says you have about one minute to adjust to the cold shock response and the big thing is NOT to panic.

For the complete list of dos and don’t’s of cold water boating, fishing and recreation, go to

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