This "24-hour Cold Water Challenge" needs to stop. For safety reasons.
Making its rounds on social media sites, namely Facebook, the idea is to either take the "challenge" and leap into a body of water or make a donation to the charity of your choice.
Those who take the plunge also are said to donate monetarily to a charity. Those who opt out of the chilly dip are to donate $100. Each participant "calls out" several others to also take the "challenge."
The event is to be videoed and placed on the social media site within a 24-hour period.
Yes, the water temperature is very cold, and if the body is exposed to low degrees - even in as little as 15 minutes - some loss of control of muscles in the arms and legs can take effect.
Now, most of these "challenges" have the participant jumping in and quickly exiting the water. Others walk in, simply bend over to get wet, and walk back out. So the idea of extreme exposure is not likely in this type of scenario.
However, what happened recently in Sturgis, Mich., is why this "challenge" must end.
According to WWMT-TV, based in Kalamazoo, Mich., a 32-year-old man performing the "challenge," dove into shallow waters and struck his head.
The man reportedly ran about 5-10 feet into Grey Lake, dove and then struck his head on the lake bottom. The TV station reports, according to family and friends, the man now has three fractures to his neck and is paralyzed from the waist down.
This tragic injury proves this Internet game is just not worth it.
Take the "challenge" by simply donating to a worthy cause. Leave the "cold water" part out of the equation.