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Thin Ice/Hypothermia Advisory

Thin Ice and Hypothermia

MADISON, Wis. (2/12/98) -- Ice fishing devotees, snowmobilers, skaters,
skiers and other outdoor enthusiasts who venture out onto frozen lakes and
rivers in the Upper Midwest should be especially wary of thin ice this year
due to the recent mild winter temperatures, according to University of
Wisconsin Sea Grant Water Safety Specialist James Lubner.

"Even if you avoid drowning, a dunking a this time of year can quickly lead
to hypothermia, a deadly lowering of body temperature, " Lubner said. "In
freezing-cold water, you can become exhausted or unconscious in less than
15 minutes, and, even if rescued, you’re not safe until you’re out of the
cold air and in dry clothes. Except in the mildest of cases, hypothermia
victims should be taken to a doctor right away."

To help winter enthusiasts avoid falling through the ice — and know what to
do if someone does — UW Sea Grant is offering two free fact sheets,
"Danger: Thin Ice!" and "Hypothermia: Surviving in Cold Water" via its
Water Safety website

Individual printed copies are available from the UW Sea Grant
Communications Office at UW-Madison, phone (608) 263-3259, and from UW Sea
Grant’s Advisory Services field offices at UW-Milwaukee, UW-Green Bay, UW
Center-Manitowoc County and UW-Superior. Call Linda Campbell Communications
Office for bulk order prices.

Assistant Director for Communications
University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute
1800 University Ave. * Madison, WI 53705-4094
 Phone: (608) 263-5371 * Fax: (608) 263-2063
 E-mail: swittman@seagrant.wisc.edu
 URL: www.seagrant.wisc.edu