STATEWIDE – With spring finally here, some people are in such a rush to head out on their boats that they may forget about a danger in the water..
Although the air may be warm, the water temperature hasn’t caught up yet. With hypothermia a major concern for people who go overboard, Maine game wardens stress “having a plan” before heading out.
That includes, telling someone where you’re going, and using properly-fitting life vests.
“Oftentimes a fit person who has relatively low body fat, they would succumb to hypothermia more quickly than someone who had a little extra weight on them. But i know this, in 22 years as a game warden, i’ve never recovered a drowning victim who had a life jacket on them.” Jim Fahey, Maine game Warden