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underscores the importance of preparing for the elements

News Release
Date: Aug. 26, 2012
Ninth Coast Guard District
Contact: Ninth Coast Guard District External Affairs Office
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CLEVELAND — The U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards teamed together to rescue 11 , early Sunday morning, in the vicinity of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada.

The names  and hometowns of the rescued kayakers will not be released, and there is no Coast Guard imagery from this case.

At 3:52 a.m., a search-and-rescue coordinator from Coast Guard Sector Buffalo, N.Y., received a mayday call from a group of kayakers reporting they were in distress and two members of the group were suffering .

A rescue boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Niagara, N.Y., aboard a 33-foot Special Purpose Craft—Law Enforcement, responded to the mayday call along with the Canadian Coast Guard vessel Cape Storm.

At 4:47 a.m., the 33-foot SPC-LE boatcrew arrived on scene first and took the two kayakers with symptoms of hypothermia aboard and started treatment. The Cape Storm crew arrived on scene shortly thereafter and retrieved seven more kayakers and all seven kayaks. The U.S. rescue boatcrew retrieved the final two kayakers, and all 11 were transported to Niagara-on-the-Lake. were awaiting on shore and gave all kayakers a quick check-up and released them.

“We work with our Canadian partners almost on a daily basis, so this type of rescue and coordination was second nature to us,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Jeremy Mulkusky, the coxswain of the SPC-LE.

The was 73 degrees at the time of rescue. All 11 kayakers were wearing shorts and t-shirts along with life jackets. The kayakers were also all afloat in their kayaks.

No matter how warm the water or air may be, the risks of hypothermia still exists, so boaters need to continue to be cautious of the risks of drowning and hypothermia.

In fact, someone in cold water may have only 10 minutes of functional movement before he loses the effective use of fingers, arms and legs.  At this point, a victim who is not wearing a will likely drown because he can no longer tread water and remain afloat.

Even with a Coast Guard-approved life jacket, hypothermia is a threat to once someone is exposed to cold water.  The body may lose heat 25 times faster in cold water than in cold air.  When recreating outdoors, mariners should dress for the water temperature — not the air temperature.

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  • Our cold-water survival training was ultimately made possible by the Guardians of  U S Coast Guard Station Annapolis.  Two Guardians hauled each of us onto the deck of a fast boat.  During the training they made sure we were safe.  I am so proud to serve with these men and women. Each one is an outstanding professional.  Thank you Station Annapolis.
  • Once a crew is in the water survival and staying together is key. Chaining together as they do here the crew shares warmth and prolongs life.
  • A face that could be your next door neighbor. Coast Guard Auxiliary members from three Maryland flotillas took their annual cold-water training at Coast Guard Station Annapolis. Bill Smith from the Drum Point Flotilla reflects the serious of his training in his expression. Bill is not new to cold water.
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  • A two-minute lesson that covered finger dexterity after cold water immersion. We placed a hand in cold water while the instructor spoke for two minutes. One we removed our hands we had to pick up the coin on the table. Not as easy as if looks. Try this only with an expert present.
  • Shawn Moore, Auxiliarist was our cold-water instructor.
  • Ray Feller, Auxiliarist  dons his dry suit. The suit provides significant protection in cold water. Having the suit alone is not enough. Knowing how the human body reacts to sudden immersion was the classroom session of our training today.
  • These volunteers attending cold-water survival training today could be your neighbors. Flotillas from Solomons Island to Annapolis were represented today.  Guardians made sure our training was safe. Another reason why I love to say Guardians rock!
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