AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – We may be experiencing some warmer weather in western Massachusetts, but it’s important to remember that the water of our local ponds and rivers is not as warm as you think.
The town of Amherst is reminding residents not to swim in bodies of water such as Puffers Pond. Swimming too early can be dangerous because it could lead to shock.
It can occur in a matter of minutes.
Plunging into icy water unprepared can lead to a strong gasping response, a reflex that can result in drowning because you can accidentally ingest water.
Even out of the water, there’s a risk of the body temperature dropping even further which could also lead to hypothermia.
The low temperature also makes the blood pressure rise, leading to fast breathing. The most common cause of death from being in cold bodies of water is cardiac arrests.