Even though we’re finally seeing relief from the deep freeze in early January, don’t be fooled by the balmy 40-degree air temperatures. The water in some of the Bay region is still down in the low 30s, and that’s downright dangerous.
It’s a lesson a kayaker learned the hard way Thursday morning, after falling into the water a quarter of a mile from shore on the Patapsco River in Pasadena, Maryland. Maryland Natural Resources Police say the kayaker was a person in their 40s, and was conscious and breathing when rescued. The victim was then taken to Baltimore-Washington Medical Center. The water temperature at the time was in the low 30s.
Just a little farther south, Sandy Point State Park warned boaters about the near-freezing water temperatures. The boat ramps and pond at the state park are still iced in and not very accessible. And even when the ice does start to break up, a refreeze is expected Sunday through the following week.