Cold water, ice pose threat to anyone out on water

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Though the ice boom has been completely removed, ice chunks are still floating down the Niagara River, creating dangerous conditions for anyone out of the water.

And though temperatures reached 80 degrees in Buffalo on Friday, the water was only around 40 degrees.

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The U.S. Coast Guard says a person immersed in cold water immediately goes into cold-shock, which can cause a person to gasp in water or hyperventilate. It also makes it difficult to hold your breath, increases your heart rate, and elevates your blood pressure.

After two minutes, a person can experience functional disability, which includes difficulty swimming, muscle cramping, and a loss of mental dexterity. Hypothermia can set in as soon as 15 minutes after a person enters the water.

Denis Kreze captured the following video of jet skis traveling at a high rate of speed on the river on Friday:

In addition to the dangers the cold water poses, some of the ice chunks in the water are massive.

This photo was taken at Beaver Island State Park. Pictured is Wayne Park, who was there with his mother. He climbed on one of the floating “mini-icebergs” –


Though there are far fewer ice chunks in the river now, the West Side Rowing Club was forced to cancel the John Bennett Regatta on Sunday due to the danger the ice and cold water posed to rowers. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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