Safety around cold water

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VENTURA, Iowa – A man is believed to have died from hypothermia after wading into Big Wall Lake on Thanksgiving. The Iowa Department of Resources is urging people to be safe around bodies of water.

DNR Conservation Officer Ken Lonneman said it’s important to dress appropriately and layer up on clothes when spending time by the water. He said whether you’re going hunting, fishing or spending time by the water, let people know where you’re at and try to get to a public access before dark. 

“In the case down in Wright County, he simply got disoriented out in that tall cattail marsh and was never able to find his way back to shore, and eventually hypothermia took over because of the cold water and cold air temperatures that night.”

Lonneman said when you’re not sure about ice thickness once water freezes, bring a flotation device and an ice chisel to test ice conditions as you go out.

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