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OHIO DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES OFFERS BOATING TIPS FOR SPRING

 COLUMBUS, Ohio, March 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Although the weatherman might say spring is finally scheduled to arrive this weekend, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources' (ODNR) Division of Watercraft reminds boaters and paddlers that an ill-planned outing this time of year can quickly end up in tragedy. In 1992, 10 out of 31 boating deaths occurred before Memorial Day, the traditional start of the boating season.
 "While the first sunny days of spring are a tempting cure for cabin fever, it is important to remember that more boating deaths occur in the spring than any other season of the year," said Paul Gregory, chief of the Division of Watercraft. "The arrival of spring creates many boating safety challenges such as high water and water temperatures drastically colder than air temperatures."
 One of the major causes of spring boating fatalities is immersion hypothermia, the rapid reduction of body temperature which occurs when boaters fall into cold spring water. A good rule of thumb for gauging how to dress for boating conditions is the "120-degree Rule." If both the air and water temperature combined are below 120 degrees F., protective clothing is necessary to protect against hypothermia. For example, if the air temperature is 65 degrees, any water colder than 55 degrees would mandate use of a wetsuit or drysuit for protection against cold water immersion. In Ohio waters this time of year, most temperatures are in the 30s and 40s.
 To avoid turning a beautiful spring day into a deadly outing, the Division of Watercraft suggests the following safe boating guidelines:
 -- Make sure all boating and safety equipment are in working order. File a "float plan" by telling others where you are going, and when you expect to return. Instruct them to contact the proper authorities if you do not return by an agreed upon time.
 -- Check the weather forecast before planning an outing to ensure favorable conditions. Once on the water, continuing monitoring wind and sky conditions to avoid being caught in sudden weather changes.
 -- Always wear a Personal Flotation Device (PFD), regardless of swimming skills. A PFD allows a boating mishap victim to stay afloat. The shock of falling into frigid water has claimed the lives of hundreds of experienced swimmers nationally. Wearing a PFD during spring outings is a must.
 -- Avoid consuming alcoholic beverages. Alcohol not only impairs judgment and reflexes but also dilates blood vessels, which can speed up the effects of hypothermia.
 -- If planning to boat on a river or stream, remember that spring thaw can alter the waterway's course and characteristics. Tree branches and limbs, and other debris, can collect in the waterway and form "strainers" which can pin boats and the people against them. If the water appears to be moving swiftly or it is high in the tree line, consider postponing the trip until the water is lower and slower.
 -- Learn to recognize lowhead dams, aptly dubbed "drowning machines" and avoid them. Water flowing over a lowhead dam creates a rolling hydraulic current below the dam which traps objects and keeps them recirculating. Carry your boat safely around the dam by exiting the water a safe distance upstream and re-entering far enough downstream to avoid being pulled back into the dam's hydraulic currents.
 A spring outing can be a memorable experience if careful planning is made to reduce risks while on the water.
 -0- 3/26/93
 /CONTACT: Dennis Evans, division of watercraft, 614-265-6695; or Mary Hayes, media relations and communications, 614-265-6886; both of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources/


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