As water temperatures in the Atlantic Ocean continue to dip, the Coast Guard is urging all sportsmen enjoying the hunting season along the Mid-Atlantic coastline to do so responsibly.
The Coast Guard states that the average water temperature for coastal waters, from New Jersey to North Carolina, including Ocean City and several locations in Worcester County, is approximately 46 degrees, which can cause a loss of muscle control and possible unconsciousness within an hour of exposure according to the National Weather Service.
The Coast Guard urges all boaters to be properly prepared before heading out on the water regardless of time of year, but extra measures need to be taken during these cold winter months. The difference and the challenge with these colder months is the inherent danger presented by the dropping water temperatures. We need to make sure that people can enjoy this time of year equipped with the knowledge that will keep them safe, dry and warm.