There is nothing like a nice swim in BC’s beautiful clear lakes, rivers and seashores to cool off from the summer heat. But there can be a danger lurking in even the most pristine waters.
According to The Province, just this past week, the deep, frigid waters of Harrison Lake claimed a young life for the third time this summer.
On August 7 a young woman died in what B.C. Coroners Service spokeswoman Barb McLintock described as a “swimming incident.”
On June 8, Daniel Dale Reid, 23, and Gary Duong, 25, died after an afternoon of rafting.
How Cold Water Kills Quickly
People tend to think that if they fall into cold water, they have time before hypothermia starts. But sudden and unexpected immersion in cold water below 15°C can result in death in as little as three minutes.
The killing factor is often the first shock of cold water on the body. In fact, cold shock and swimming failure cause more drowning fatalities in B.C. than hypothermia. READ FULL ARTICLE +