GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Officials are working to educate the public on the dangers of cold water, and best practices for water safety.
Phil Walton is the owner of Unphiltered Kayaking, but Saturday his job was to jump into 50 degree water.
It’s part of a demonstration put on by his company and state and local officials. “Basically the purpose of the demonstration is to inform and educate the public about the dangers of cold water, and steps that they can take to be safe on the water,” Walton says.
During the demonstration Walton’s job was to jump into the cold water in Lake Guntersville, and show the public how to stay safe in that situation. “Cold water is completely different, it presents a shock to your body that you won’t soon forget, and it can be life threatening.”
He says knowing those safety tips can be the difference between life or death. “There’s too many fatalities, not only around here, we had four of them last year, but nationwide,” Walton says, “It’s a problem that people don’t understand, the dangers of cold water.”
This demonstration is put on every year in the spring.
The Marshall County Sheriff’s Office is still looking for one of the people presumed drowned in the lake, 57-year-old Jackie Neil Rowell.
Sheriff’s investigators say they recently brought in cadaver dogs to try and locate his body.
Rowell was last seen in November of last year.