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.