When weather improves and temperatures start to rise the warnings come from the Yakima County Sheriff's office about the danger of cold water. Yakima County Sheriff's deputy Scot Swallow with the Marine Patrol Division says if you plan to cool off this spring in an area pond or the Yakima River be careful because he says the water is cold at this time of year. "It's probably 50 degrees or less. If you get in the water it will quickly suck your body temperature out."
And he says hypothermia can set is very quickly and you can drown. He says they're not just concerned about swimmers but also anglers and boaters need to be fully prepared before going out on the water this spring.