Lake Tahoe and Cold Water Shock
The water at Lake Tahoe stays very cold all year around, but many boaters, paddlers and swimmers are unaware of the dangers of suddenly falling into cold water, creating a condition called “cold water shock”.
Cold water is responsible for too many fatal accidents. People who find themselves suddenly in cold water often lose the ability to swim and can drown very suddenly.
This week we sit down with Jay Howard, park supervisor at Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park and Paul Newman, recreational boating safety specialist with the U.S. Coast Guard to discuss the dangers of cold water at Lake Tahoe and the unique challenges when people find themselves suddenly immersed.