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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...NATIONAL SAFE BOATING WEEK
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAY ME
1126 AM EDT MON MAY 21 2018

...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OBSERVES MAY 19th THROUGH MAY 25th
AS NATIONAL SAFE BOATING WEEK...

It was another cold and snowy winter across Maine and New Hampshire
during the 2017 to 2018 season. Water temperatures were mainly in
the upper 40s to lower 50s this week increasing the threat of cold
water shock and drownings if someone were to fall into the water.
Water temperatures and complete inland lakes and coastal surf zone
forecasts can be found at http://www.weather.gov/gyx/recreation

Cold water is defined as any water with a temperature of 70 degrees
fahrenheit or lower. Boaters should always be aware of the dangers
of cold water, particularly during the early part of the boating
season when the water is colder and where there are not many other
boaters around to help.

The first hazards of cold water are panic and shock. The initial
shock can severely strain the body and may cause instant cardiac
arrest. Survivors of cold water accidents often describe having
their breath "knocked out" of them upon their first impact with the
water. Disorientation may also occur after cold water immersion.

The latest annual boating statistics issued by the United States
Department Of Homeland Security and the Coast Guard indicate that
water temperatures resulted in 93 deaths nationally with water
temperatures in the 60s. Another 81 fatalities occurred with water
temperatures in the 50s, while 35 cases occurred with water
temperatures in the 40s. Most casualties occurred during the day
with good visibilities under light winds and minimal waves.

Locally, in Maine, there were a total of 49 accidents and 9
fatalities during the year. In New Hampshire, there were a total of
76 accidents resulting in 8 fatalities. Several of these accidents
occurred on warm, sunny days, but with very cold water temperatures
on the lakes, rivers and the ocean.

To address the threat of immersion in cold water, the National
Weather Service has partnered with the United States Coast Guard to
alert boaters, especially paddlecraft, during busy recreational
weekends, holidays and special boating events. Beach Hazard and
Special Weather Statements will continue to be issued mainly during
the shoulder seasons of spring and fall for potential accidents.

Remember, without cold water protective gear, cold water
temperatures can incapacitate even a good swimmer in a matter of
minutes if not immediately. Of course, paddlers should always wear a
life jacket, but they should be aware that a life jacket will not
protect you from cold water.

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NOUS41 KGYX 211537
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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...NATIONAL SAFE BOATING WEEK
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAY ME
1137 AM EDT MON MAY 21 2018

...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CONTINUES TO OBSERVE MAY 19th THROUGH
MAY 25th AS NATIONAL SAFE BOATING WEEK...

Yesterday we discussed the threat of cold water immersion with Beach
Hazards and Special Weather Statements issued to address the threat
of paddlecraft risk along our cold North Atlantic ocean waters as
well as inland lakes and rivers. Water temperatures and a complete
inland lakes and coastal surf zone forecasts can be found
http://www.weather.gov/gyx/recreation

Cold water is defined as any water with a temperature of 70 degrees
fahrenheit or lower. Boaters should always be aware of the dangers
of cold water, particularly during the early part of the boating
season when the water is colder and where there are not many other
boaters around to help.

The first hazards of cold water are panic and shock. The initial
shock can severely strain the body and may cause instant cardiac
arrest. Survivors of cold water accidents often describe having
their breath "knocked out" of them upon their first impact with the
water. Disorientation may also occur after cold water immersion.

Recent annual boating statistics issued by the United States
Department Of Homeland Security and the Coast Guard indicate that
water temperatures resulted in 93 deaths nationally while water
temperatures in the 60s.  Another 81 fatalities occurred with water
temperatures in the 50s, while 35 cases occurred with water
temperatures in the 40s. In Maine, there were a total of 49
accidents and 9 fatalities during the year. In New Hampshire, there
were a total of 96 accidents resulting in 9 fatalities. Several of
these accidents occurred on warm, sunny days, but with very cold
water temperatures on the lakes, rivers and the ocean during the
springtime.

So please allow for extra caution if boating early in the season. Be
on alert for gusty winds or choppy seas that can easily capsize a
small craft. Again, to increase your safety, consult the forecasts
before venturing out on the water. Forecasts for Sebago Lake and
Lake Winnipesaukee as well as coastal beaches can be found at
http://www.weather.gov/gyx/recreation

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Office: CAR NOUS41 KCAR 191956 PNSCAR MEZ001>006-010-011-015>017-029>032-200800- Public Information Statement National Weather Service Caribou ME 356 PM EDT Sat May 19 2018 ...Frost/Freeze Program for Spring 2018... On Monday, May 21, 2018, the frost/freeze program will expand north to include all of northern and eastern Maine with the exception of northwest Aroostook County, northern Somerset, and northern Piscataquis County where the program does not begin until June 1st. A frost advisory will be issued if temperatures are expected to drop to 32 to 36 degrees, and a freeze warning will be issued if temperatures are expected to drop below freezing. If you have any questions about the frost/freeze program, please direct them to carwebmaster@noaa.gov $$ CB