Rivers pose hypothermia threat
Officials are asking people to take extra precautions on area rivers and streams following several recent boating accidents.
The unseasonably mild temperatures this past winter and spring have attracted a larger than usual number of people to area rivers and streams, officials said.
Almost every weekend people have been on the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers, mostly for kayaking, said Lee Baihly, manger of River and Trail Outfitters in Knoxville, which offers whitewater trips.
"It has lured folks out perhaps a little earlier than normal," said Richard McIntire, spokesman for the Maryland Natural Resources Police.