The Coast Guard recommends boaters file a float plan with family, friends, or marina operators. Include who is on the boat, where they are going and when they intend to return in the float plan. This will significantly increase the Coast Guard's ability to locate them in a timely manner in the event of an emergency.
"Regardless of the outside temperature, the water temperature is still well below 60 degrees and will contribute to hypothermia and cold-related emergencies," said Cmdr. James Mitchell, response department head for Coast Guard Sector North Carolina.
Click here for a report on cold-water boating by Coast Guard Commander Brian J. Downey Jr.