- Associated Press - Saturday, May 2, 2015

WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is reminding anglers and boaters about the dangers of cold water conditions on lakes and rivers this spring.

Officials says spring is one of the best times of year for fishing but say the risk of risk of hypothermia is higher if there is an accident while on the water.

The sudden immersion in frigid water can also lead to the loss of the ability and strength to swim.

Officials say the use of life preserves is paramount at this time of year. The state’s boating laws require all boats to carry one U.S. Coast-Guard approved personal floatation device for each person on board. Also children under the age of 12 must wear a life preserver on a boat while it’s moving.

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