Wednesday, 19 April 2017 16:00

Wardens warn of frigid water, fast currents Featured

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HERMON - Warmer weather is coming to Maine and in the rush to get out on the water, it's easy to forget what needs to be done to protect yourself while lakes and streams continue to thaw out.

Maine Warden Lt. Dan Scott wants folks to take extra care this spring to avoid dangerous situations.

 

"The extreme cold temperatures of the water this year make it so that people who may ordinarily be able to swim well or rescue themselves find themselves in a real predicament if they go overboard. It can often make it difficult to even think straight, rather than even get to shore."

 

With air temps in the 50s, people naturally will bundle up instead of wearing a swim suit, which can weigh them down in the water. And it's not only boating and fishing on open water that can be dangerous because while lakes may be calm, streams are at their highest in springtime as the snow melts, and all it takes is one misstep to take an unwanted ride in frigid water.

 

"The water temperatures are generally around 40-45 degrees, and that exacerbates self-rescue," added Lt. Scott. "and the best way to ensure you get to shore safely is with a personal flotation device."

 

A life jacket is the first line of defense, but something as simple as leaving a note in a car windshield can help authorities if things go badly.

 

"Very often we'll come upon vehicles that are out overnight or in locations for a long period of time," said Lt. Scott. "We don't know if that's part of your plan."

 

For more information on how to stay safe in the water, visit www.Maine.gov/ifw.

David Guildford

Weekend Anchor/Reporter
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David joined the news team in March of 2017. First and foremost he is a proud Mainer. Before reporting for ABC7 and FOX22, he interned at WLBZ2 in Bangor, and attended the University of Maine's journalism program.

David was raised in the western Maine foothills, and has been a lifelong viewer of local Maine news. He hopes to bring this perspective to telling the stories of folks in the community.

When not on the job, David enjoys skiing, snowmobiling, spending time at the family camp on Branch Lake, and playing slow-pitch softball with the other Bangor gym class heroes.