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NV Officials Warn of Carbon Monoxide Threat on Boats


With several recent incidents involving boaters and carbon monoxide poisoning, officials with the Nevada Department of Wildlife are warning that the danger is most likely more prevalent than we think. In the past two weeks, a 22-year-old died while boating at Bear Lake in Utah when he was overcome by carbon monoxide, and a dozen people were treated in southern Nevada after being sickened while boating on Lake Mead.Edwin Lyngar is boating education coordinator for the state department of wildlife. He says that as government and private safety groups have reviewed drowning deaths over the past few years they've found carbon monoxide to be a common factor in those tragedies. "I'll give you an example: somebody sits at the back of a boat, and then they either get off the boat to go swimming or they fall off the boat and never resurface. This is a common accident, and in the past, we've just chalked it up to drowning. But as we look at these and start analyzing the amount of toxins in someone's blood, we find that many of these can be attributed to carbon monoxide."Lyngar says that boats tend to have much more carbon monoxide than the average car, and he recommends installing a carbon monoxide detector on board.

Michelle Billman is a former news director at KUNR Public Radio.