On 5 July 2015, 14-year-old Cameron Gosling lost his life to cold water shock after jumping into the River Wear near Bishop Auckland, County Durham, to swim with friends.
Dying to be Cool?
Cold water shock occurs when you’re suddenly immersed in cold water, and your body reacts involuntarily.
It can cause blood vessels in your skin to close making it harder for blood to flow around the body. Your heart then has to work harder and your blood pressure increases. In the worst cases you could even have a heart attack.
There’s also a “gasp” response which means you could breathe in water. The rate you breather can go up by as much as ten times.
All these reactions mean you can panic, get into difficulty and drown.
If the weather’s hot and you’re thinking about swimming in the river, or any other water, please make sure you know what the dangers are.