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2/6/2018 1:52:00 PM
Mild weather poses cold water danger
With mild, spring-like weather, Suttle Lake and other bodies of water in Sisters Country are inviting  but the waters can be dangerously cold. photo by Jim Cornelius
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With mild, spring-like weather, Suttle Lake and other bodies of water in Sisters Country are inviting but the waters can

be dangerously cold.

photo by Jim Cornelius

By Jim Cornelius
News Editor

With the recent mild, almost spring-like temperatures, many locals and visitors alike are taking to the water, rather than the ski slopes, to recreate in Central Oregon.

The Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District warns that complacency on the water - especially when water temperatures are low - is extremely dangerous.

That danger was highlighted last month when a Prineville man died in Ochoco Reservoir when his canoe overturned. One occupant of the canoe made it to shore, the other, Christopher Callahan, age 36, did not. Neither was wearing a life vest.

According to the National Center for Cold Water Safety, immersion in cold water is immediately life threatening for anyone not wearing thermal protection such as a wet suit or dry suit. If you're not using thermal protection, cold water making contact with the skin creates cold shock, and causes an immediate loss of breathing control.

This becomes a threat to life even if the water is calm and you know how to swim.

Cold water immersion can also cause the heart rate and blood pressure to spike, which increases the risk of heart attack and stroke for some. Some cold water deaths happen immediately and others can take hours. Shock can happen within five minutes while breathing problems can persist for longer.

If you're lucky enough to survive the shock phase, you may lose the ability to use your hands and arms within minutes. Hypothermia kicks in after about 30 minutes. Even those lucky enough to be rescued are at risk of heart failure or unconsciousness when being removed from the water due to a drop in blood pressure.

Being prepared is your best option of staying safe and enjoying the water in Sisters Country year round. Below are some tips the National Center for Cold Water Safety promotes as their 5 Golden Rules:

1. Always wear your personal floatation device. It doesn't do you any good to just have it available - wear it at all times on the water.

2. Always dress for the water temperature - no exceptions. No one plans to fall in the water, especially during the winter months where water is at its coolest. Dressing appropriately could save your life.

3. Field-test your gear.

4. Swim-test your gear every time you go out.

5. Imagine the worst that can happen and plan for it.

To learn more about the dangers of cold water, visit www.coldwatersafety.org.





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