There were some open pockets in
this skim ice so we were able to launch the boat and navigate
to them until the barges came through and broke up the remaining
ice. You have to be very careful launching a boat in these conditions
to avoid damage to your boat, motor, and gear. Every safety
precaution should be observed because a person would not last
long if they fell into this cold water. A lifejacket is a must.
If one should fall into the water, the best thing to do is bring
your knees up to your chest to conserve heat until you can be
rescued. Without a life jacket, that would not be possible.