Chief Warrant Officer Curtis Barthel reported a quiet week on the water, but said this time of year requires special attention due to increased fog and variations in temperatures.

“Fog can come and go very quickly and trap people that are not used to it, or do not have the means to navigate in it,” Barthel said.

“More important though is the water temperature,” he said. “This time of the year we get those occasionally warm days, into the 70s, and people forget the water temp is still only 46 degrees. They get out in their boats or kayaks and dress for the air temperature, not the water temperature.”

Barthel referred boaters to the Web site at seagrant.umn.edu for more information about surviving in cold water.

In an additional safety note, the Coast Guard has alerted mariners to a concern about modifications made to immersion suits on commercial fishing vessels operating out of several Maine harbors.

The modifications include the removal of the suits’ gloves with new rubber or neoprene gloves fitted in their place along with the removal of the suits’ inflation bladders. These modified suits are no longer Coast Guard approved and must be immediately removed from service and replaced with Coast Guard approved immersion suits, a press release said.

For more information or to request a free voluntary dockside examination, contact
Kevin Plowman at 780-3256 or Garry Moores at 733-2054.