CLEVELAND (AP) - With winter officially beginning on Friday, the Coast Guard is issuing its annual cold-weather warning for anyone venturing out on the Great Lakes or frozen ponds, streams and rivers.
The Coast Guard district based in Cleveland patrols the Great Lakes region and says it's imperative to take cold-weather precautions.
The Coast Guard says water below 70 degrees can kill quickly.
It recommends a safety reminder system. The Coast Guard says be smart about weather and ice conditions, wear appropriate clothing and have safety equipment including a marine radio and life jackets.
The Coast Guard says boaters should never venture out alone and should always give relatives a destination and return schedule.