Coast Guard warns about boating in the cold

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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) With temperatures dropping, the Coast Guard is warning you about safety on the water.

The Coast Guard says some local bays are starting to freeze. But on some parts of Lake Champlain, people are still late season boating.

The Coast Guard says you should always wear flotation devices because that could keep you alive if you fall in. It takes 10 minutes of movement in cold water before hypothermia starts to kick in. Experts say you should dress for the water temperature, not the air temperature.

"Right now we are in the low 40s and continuing to drop, and they go out there dressed for a warmer day and they end up in the water, then they can end up experiencing hypothermia and lose that body temperature quickly," Coast Guard Petty Ofc. John Canario said.

For those who are doing some early season ice fishing, the Coast Guard says wearing bright colors will help them find you if anything happens.