It all began with sincere intentions. But as they say: the way to hell is paved with good intentions. The cold water challenge led to a death as well as many injuries.
A 16 year old named Davis Colley ended up losing his life after he took up the challenge by diving into Minnesota’s Eagle Lake. He never made it back alive. When his body was hauled in from the deep lake, a coroner’s report said that the cause of death was not certain.
He performed the stunt in isolation. But it may have a lot to do with hypothermia. Investigative efforts are still underway. The Internet challenge involved daring each other to jump in an ice cold lake.
If someone didn’t accept the challenge, he had to donate money instead. The fact remains that the lake was quite deep and may have had jagged rocks and jutting objects in its depths. And these may have been responsible for the death of Davis Colley.
"We know about a fractured ankle, a student who had to get stitches to the head and some minor sprains and injuries," school spokeswoman Nicole Dizon told ABC News.
"The main thing is, if you're jumping into the lake, the lake is murky. You're not sure how deep it is," she said. "There can be rocks and other things in the lake and at this time of year, the lifeguards aren't on duty."
The authorities from both law and educational institutions have stepped in and decided to get tough. What started out as an innocent pastime may have serious consequences for many who participate in it unknowingly.
This time of the year is simply not suitable for diving into the lakes in the United States. Curbs will have to be kept on the activities of youngsters. Oftentimes it has occurred that the youth who are uncouth partake in the risky, perverse and dangerous in an attempt to get their kicks.
"This seemed like a fun, harmless thing to do and we understand that," she said, "but we also know going into the lake at this time of year is something that can be dangerous."
But many times this (Cold Water Challenge) backfires and there could be casualties. Like driving in the wrong lane, a cold water shock to the system may lead to heart failure and thermal irregularity. It is best to stay away from such excessive and extreme acts.