As the temperatures in the waters are decreasing with the cold weather arriving, it is important for boaters to prepare appropriately when going out.
Even a temperature that doesn’t sound cold can be deadly for boaters who end up in the water. Because water that is 70 degrees or less can cause hypothermia, the U.S. Coast Guard recommends that mariners wear a wetsuit, float coat, or insulated waterproof gear when water temperatures are in that range.
Exposure to cold water can cause even strong swimmers to lose muscle control after only ten minutes. Approximately 20 percent of the time when someone falls into cold water, they die in less than a minute because the shock causes them to lose control of their breathing.
Wearing a life jacket and other protective gear could mean the difference between life and death in these situations. A life jacket not only provides buoyancy but also adds insulation and increases visibility. But it can be nearly impossible to locate and strap into a life jacket once you’re already in cold water, so it is important to be prepared before setting out.
It is also important that if you are going out on a boat, let people be aware of when you are leaving and coming home. Lastly, always check the weather to make sure no incoming storms.
Help for Injured Mariners
The experienced maritime attorneys at Latti & Anderson LLP understand the dangers faced every day by those who work on the water. We fight to help injured mariners recover what they need for a fair future. If you or a loved one suffered while working on a boat, talk to us to find out how we may be able to help.