There is a Beach Hazard Statement in effect for the rest of the Memorial Day Weekend, Sunday, May 29th and through Monday, May 30th in the evening. Areas affected include all of Coastal Hancock and Washington Counties

Photo Chris Popper - Townsquare Media
Photo Chris Popper - Townsquare Media

The warmer air temperatures in the mid to upper 70's may cause people to underestimate the dangers of the cold water temperatures which are currently only in the upper 40's

The cold water temperatures can quickly cause hypothermia to anyone immersed in the water. According to the Maine Warden Service, when the water temperature is below 60 degrees, the average submerged person could lose dexterity within minutes and be unable to accomplish simple tasks. Anyone on small boats, canoes or kayaks should plan accordingly if recreating this weekend and use extreme caution to avoid this threat. Paddle smart from the start and always wear your life jacket!

Beach Hazard Statements are issued on days when a significant number of boats and paddlecrafts are expected to be out on the water and when warm air temperatures may cause people to underestimate the dangers of the cold water. Paddle smart from the start. Always wear your life jacket. Be aware of wind conditions, tides and localized currents

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