Life Jackets And The Law


Soon enough the ice will thaw and boats will be on the water. But until the end of April, a life jacket is the law.

The law in New York is if you’re on a vessel less than 21 feet long, you must be wearing a life jacket until May 1.

Dave White with New York Sea Grant says while the air temperature could be warm, the water is still dangerously cold this time of year.

“We don’t really hit what people consider a safe water temperature to be in the water too long until mid-summer or even late summer in some bodies of water, because we have very cold, very deep water. If you get into a cold upwelling, even middle of summer you can become hypothermic very quickly,” he said.

That’s why White says having your life jacket on becomes very…

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