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Sheriff Hanson Warns of the Dangers of Being on the Water (Video)

Chelsea Dickens

Thu, 24 May 2018 18:05:05 EDT

 


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Sheriff Kelly Hanson, of Huron County, wishes everyone a safe, fun Memorial Day holiday, but for boaters and kayakers there is some information and precautions to keep in mind when out on the water.

According to Sheriff Hanson, there is 100 miles of shoreline in the county and the north shoreline is a very popular destination, such as Turnip Rock. Many paddle out there without taking the necessary precautions or underestimating the power of the lake.

Hanson stated, "However, for the last several years, Huron County’s north shore has become a very popular kayaking destination Those waters have also been the scene of many emergency situations involving kayaks, which includes near death experiences and unfortunately death."

Many citizens will attempt to paddle out there assuming favorable conditions to find it is difficult to return. It is also important to consider physical limits when paddling in any floatation device or boat. With the summer temperatures only just settling in that does not mean the water is warm either. The water temperatures will only be in the mid to upper fifties, even being in the water for a short time can lead to hypothermia.

Hanson added, "Under no circumstance should anyone venture out without a proper fitting life jacket. The most common causes of death in kayaking accidents are overturning or falling overboard. Sadly, this has occurred two summers in a row for our county and simple life jacket possession and use could have avoided it. Last year our Marine Deputies issued 47 tickets, with 32 of them to kayakers for not having a life jacket. "

Some simple ways to keep yourself safe is know where you are going and when you should return, make sure someone knows where you are, keep a cell phone with you, know your limits, and of course, keep a life jacket on you. These steps could save your life.

A video of Sheriff Kelly Hanson discussing boating ventures during the summer months can be viewed as part of the article.



 

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