Coast Guard Warns Boaters to Stay Off Delaware River Due to Ice

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The U.S. Coast Guard is reminding boaters to stay off the water as ice on the Delaware River continues to pose a serious threat.

The reminder comes after Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay received multiple reports of kayaks in the water.

Officials say the ice could damage, crush, or pierce vessels that are not strong enough to withstand the impact and the freezing water temperatures could create a potentially life-threatening situation for boaters, should their boat start to take on water.

Portions of the Delaware River currently have restrictions in place to only steel-hulled vessels because of the danger posed by larger pieces of ice still floating in the river.

The Coast Guard is recommending that all recreational boaters and paddle-sport enthusiasts wait until the ice no longer presents a danger before hitting the water.

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