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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