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Boating Safety Publications from Sea Grant



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 15, 1998

For More Information:  
James Lubner, Advisory Services Water Safety Specialist (414) 227-3291
Stephen Wittman, Assistant Director for Communications (608) 263-5371



GREAT LAKES BOATERS:  BEWARE OF HAZARDS
Safety Tips Available

MADISON, Wis. (7/15/98) - As summer steams along, many boaters are
enjoying the splendor of the Great Lakes.  When boating on our inland
seas, it is important to remain mindful of potential hazards, including
lightning, commercial fishing nets, and-even in summer-hypothermia. 

Three free Sea Grant publications can help you maximize your pleasure
and minimize the dangers of boating on the Great Lakes:

* Lightning and Boats.  A nine-page pamphlet from Michigan Sea Grant on
protecting your boat and its occupants from this summertime killer.

* Where the Buoys Are:  How to Avoid Commercial Fishing Nets.   A fact
sheet describing various kinds of nets, the buoys that mark them, and
how to avoid tangling with them.

* Hypothermia:  Surviving in Cold Water.  A fact sheet about how to keep
body temperature up, recognize symptoms of hypothermia, and treat its
victims.

For copies, contact the UW Sea Grant Communications Office, 1800
University Avenue, Madison, WI 53705-4094; phone (608) 263-3259, or
visit one of Sea Grant's Advisory Services field offices at
UW-Milwaukee, UW-Green Bay, UW Center-Manitowoc County, and UW-Superior.
The hypothermia fact sheet can also be viewed on UW Sea Grant's web
site:
http://www.seagrant.wisc.edu/advisory/water_safety/hypo_therm.html




.............................................................
John R. Karl
Science Writer
University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute
http://www.seagrant.wisc.edu/
Phone (608) 263-8621
Fax (608) 263-2063