Coast Guard: Local Waters Still Dangerously Cold

With temperatures warming across Eastern Carolina this week, the Coast Guard wants people to be aware the water is still at dangerous temperatures.

Water temperatures are still in the 40s along the coast. Captain Anthony Popiel says this can be very dangerous for anyone that falls into the water. He recommends anyone on the water wear a life jacket at all times, because hypothermia will set in quickly with these cold water temperatures.

"When you have water temperatures in the 40s you're talking only a couple hours of survival time under a normal scenario. You have to act quickly. You don't have that much time to affect a rescue when the water temperatures are at where they are right now," said Popiel.

Captain Popiel also recommends having a plan with a friend or family member that's still on land. So if something happens they can contact authorities.

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  • by Mark USCGret. Location: Harker Heights, TX on Feb 16, 2011 at 08:17 PM
    In 2007 two soldiers finished 18 months in Iraq and these soldiers lost their lifes 700 feet from shore in 50 degree water in central Texas lake. A Killeen police officer lost his life in Feb last year falling overboard fishing. These individuals may be alive if they wore even an inflatable belt (PFD) lifejacket. It is sad but people need to be reminded they are worth an 80 dollar life jacket. Save the uncomfortable cheap jacket for someone u don't like (Mother in law :)
  • by Darren Location: Kill Devil Hills on Feb 16, 2011 at 07:22 AM
    I always have someone on standby when I'm out with my boys and my dogs fishing, whether it's my wife or one of my buddies down here at the beach. We also keep surfing wetsuits with us just in case something goes wrong.
  • by wow Location: Enc on Feb 16, 2011 at 06:44 AM
    He recommends anyone on the water wear a life jacket at all times, because hypothermia will set in quickly. Ok, so now you will be a dead floating person- the real solution is a gumby suit. A life jacket does nothing for your body temp. A waterproof radio could help as well.
  • by duh on Feb 16, 2011 at 06:41 AM
    uhhhh.....yea its february its suppose to be cold.This is a story WITN,do you really think we need the Coast Guard to tell us that?

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