The danger of hypothermia still exists in cold Iowa streams

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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is urging boaters to keep their life jackets on this Memorial Day weekend and be prepared for cold water. The DNR says you should bring a dry bag and a change of clothes. Last week, a kayaker spent hours in the water waiting to be rescued. The DNR says it’s a stark reminder that boaters are always one twist or turn away from going swimming in cold water. “But is the danger of hypothermia still there? It’s possible. You don’t want to be in the water for an hour or paddling around in wet clothes all day.” The DNR says it’s also essential to be on the lookout for large piles of wood, called colanders, in the water. Robertson said these can suck paddlers in, trap them underwater and drown them.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is urging boaters to keep their life jackets on this Memorial Day weekend and be prepared for cold water.

The DNR says you should bring a dry bag and a change of clothes.

Last week, a kayaker spent hours in the water waiting to be rescued.

You don’t want to be in the water for an hour or paddling around in wet clothes all day.”

The DNR says it’s a tough reminder for boaters who are always one turn or a detour away from going for a swim in cold water.

“It’s not like the snow has just melted and is freezing,” said Todd Robertson, outreach coordinator for Iowa DNR river programs. “But is the danger of hypothermia still there? It’s possible. You don’t want to be in the water for an hour or paddling around in wet clothes all day.”

The DNR says it’s also essential to be on the lookout for large piles of wood, called colanders, in the water. Robertson said these can suck paddlers in, trap them underwater and drown them.

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