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Extending Boating Season into the Fall Comes with Risks: CSBC

September 21, 2018 12:00 PM | News

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WINNIPEG — Extending your boating season into the fall takes a little more caution than during long, warm summer days.

The Canadian Safe Boating Council and the Lifesaving Society are warning Manitobans to take more care while out on the water this time of year.

“Manitoba weather can change in an instant, and boating during the fall can make this especially challenging,” says Lifesaving Society — MB Branch acting CEO Kevin Tordiffe.

Tordiffe says to check the weather frequently and never assume bad weather is far off.

“Wearing your lifejacket is important, but so is boating with a buddy,” he said.

Colder water temperatures this time of year and into October can mean the effects of hypothermia can present themselves in about 10-15 minutes.

Fewer boats are on the water in the fall to offer assistance, should you require it. Boaters are advised to leave a float plan with someone on shore who will know what to do if you find yourself overdue.

The CSBC also suggests boaters are equipped with a marine radio or cell phone to call for assistance, as well as carry a few tools and spare boat parts on board to fix any minor problems that may arise.

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