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March 5, 2012
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Coast Guard Auxiliary reschedules cold water survival presentation for March 7

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — The Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 113-11-01 will present a Cold Water Boot Camp to the students and faculty of Truckee High School. The program will be presented twice during the day for students and faculty and once in the evening for the general public. The program will include a discussion of the dangers of cold water in our mountain lakes, a video demonstrating the debilitating effects of cold water immersion, a presentation by the fire department on how long it takes our first responders to get on scene, a brief discussion on the types of personal flotation devices and then a question and answer session.

Winter season is upon us and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is reminding boaters and others who are around the water about the risk of cold water immersion. Water temperatures are their coldest this time of year and even a strong swimmer can experience difficulty. Research has demonstrated that in water with a temperature less than 59 degrees the risk of drowning increases by 500 percent and many of those drowning will occur within 6 feet of safety. When boaters fall into cold water it can take just a few minutes before their ability to swim and rescue themselves becomes compromised.

The Coast Guard was created by an act of Congress in 1790. The Coast Guard Auxiliary, America’s Volunteer Guardians, supports the Coast Guard in nearly all of the service’s missions including Water Safety. For membership or meeting information visit www.northtahoecgaux.com.

— Saving Lives and Guarding the Coast Since 1790. The United States Coast Guard — Proud History. Powerful Future.

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Mar 5, 2012 02:22PM Published Mar 5, 2012 02:20PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.