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Coast Guard issues winter warning for boaters

Associated Press • Dec 17, 2012 at 9:00 PM

The Coast Guard district based in Cleveland patrols the Great Lakes region and says it's imperative to take cold-weather precautions.

The Coast Guard says water below 70 degrees can kill quickly.

It recommends a safety reminder system. The Coast Guard says be smart about weather and ice conditions, wear appropriate clothing and have safety equipment including a marine radio and life jackets.

The Coast Guard says boaters should never venture out alone and should always give relatives a destination and return schedule.

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