January 1993
Alaska River Guide (9780882404974);1993, p36
The article gives a couple of tips for boating in cold rivers safely in Alaska. Immersion in extremely cold water can be incapacitating within seconds. Breathing is hard to control and one can easily inhale water. Experts say that cold water hitting the back of the throat can actually cause the heart to stop beating. Meanwhile, falling into a glacial or northern river can have extreme consequences. The body goes limp in the cold water; and causes breathing difficulty.


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