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Boaters cautioned about cold Tahoe water

Nevada Department of Wildlife officials issued an warning this week about the dangers of boating at Lake Tahoe.

The lake’s water temperatures hover in the low to mid-sixties this time of year, and department officials urge boaters to wear life jackets and plan for weather on early boating season outings, according to a press statement.

Cold water shock – where even good swimmers can be incapacitated by the surprise of entering cold water – has contributed to several boating fatalities over the past few years, particularly among tourists and others who aren’t used to Tahoe’s water temperature.

“Lake Tahoe is a one of the most beautiful places to boat in the world,” said Jay Howard, park supervisor for Sand Harbor State Park. “But, so many people aren’t aware of the dangers of cold water or the unique nature of boating in a lake like Tahoe. We just ask boaters, swimmers and anyone visiting the lake to prepare for cold water.”

Boaters interested in taking an in-class boating safety course can contact the local U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary at (775) 852-5557. To learn more about boating in Nevada, visit http://www.ndow. org.

Department of Wildlife at (775) 688-1500.

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