Wisconsin officials warn of cold-water challenges

CREATED May 13, 2014

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APPLETON -- Wisconsin officials are warning about a new fad in which people, often teens, challenge others to jump into freezing water or else pay $100 to charity.
 
A Post-Crescent Media report Tuesday said the fad took off about a month ago. It began spreading as jumpers posted cellphone videos to social media sites.
 
But the jumps aren't without risks. A 16-year-old Fond du Lac girl injured her knee jumping into Lake Winnebago, and a 16-year-old from Norwood Young America, Minnesota, died over the weekend after texting a friend he was about to do a cold-water challenge.
 
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources urges jumpers not to go alone, and to get out of the water quickly. The agency also advises wearing a life jacket and being very familiar with the area of water.