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Coast Guard warns of water temperature ahead of holiday weekend

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ESSEXVILLE, MI (WNEM) -

As the temperatures start to rise so will the number of people out on their boats.

But that doesn’t mean the water’s temperatures have caught up.

“You want to dress for the water, not the air temp,” said Kyle Gaub, with the U.S. Coast Guard in Essexville.

Gaub said they are expecting a number of boaters out on the rivers and lakes.

He emphasized those who go swimming or kayaking will do so at their own risk.

“Right now, the water temp we’re recording at is 65 degrees. Which that is still pretty cold. Technically, water under 77 degrees is considered cold water,” Gaub said.

Gaub said you need to prepare for safety outside the water as well.

“It depends on each different vessel, but the main thing is life jackets, fire extinguishers and a sound producing device,” Gaub said.

The Coast Guard said if you are going to be out on the water this Memorial Day weekend, make sure to get your vessel checked beforehand as well as get sticker approval.

The Coast Guard is offering free vessel checks to the public this Saturday at Veteran’s Park in Bay City.

“People that don’t have the sticker, we’ll check them for safety requirements. But if they got their vessel inspected, then we’re not going to stop you,” Gaub said.

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