MARQUETTE, Mich. (WJMN) – Ice fishing is a popular winter activity throughout the Upper Peninsula. When everyone is about to spend time on the ice. US Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City has some reminders to keep everyone safe this year.
We spoke with Public Affairs Officer Brandon Skelly, who said the water doesn’t have to be as cold as you think to cause hypothermia. Water temperature below 77 degrees with extended exposure time is all that is needed. Once you’re in the water, every minute counts.
“One minute when you get in the water to control your breathing. You have one minute when you start to ventilate. When cold water hits you, you have about a minute to control your breathing. Ten minutes of useful muscle time, you know trying to get out, depends on the type of equipment you carry. Depending on water temperature and wind chill about 60 minutes until potential unconsciousness,” says Skelly.
If you’re in a situation where hypothermia is likely, Skelly said, go to a shelter, remove wet clothing, dry yourself, and get to a medical center as soon as possible.
“What you don’t want to do is put ice on any kind of broken bone, you don’t want to apply ice and bring that core temperature down. You wouldn’t want to drink any alcohol or anything like that because it could be detrimental. You don’t want to apply the heat source directly to the skin,” says Skelly.
Skelly sayd was not dressed because of the heat outside. You also need to be able to see the temperature of the lake.
“If you start to see temperatures drop or you see a drop in forecast and any kind of high wind situation, you’re going to want to really assess if this is what you want to do. Even with protective clothing on and you don’t get wet, once you get into low-temperature, high-wind situations, your body temperature can drop pretty quickly. You get tired more easily”.
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