A 19-year-old Coon Rapids man faces a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge for participating in a YouTube stunt jump off a Brooklyn Park bridge last week that had rescue crews scrambling by air, land and water.
Joseph Mark Sanislo told investigators that he was participating in was is called a cold-water challenge, in which someone jumps into a cold body of water after being “nominated” on a social media site. The dangerous jump, alternatively called the “plunge and pose,” generally requires a videographer to record the moment. When someone is nominated via social media, he or she usually is offered the alternatives of jumping or donating money to charity.
The national stories are all over the place:
Illinois High School Warns Parents About “Cold–Water … NBC Chicago
Viral ‘Cold Water Challenge‘ May Be Linked to Teen’s Death … abcnews.go.com
The challenge on its face seems dumb. However, there are major concerns about the idea beyond just being a stunt.
– Jumping into cold water can cause quick gasps which can lead to very fast drownings.
– The interest seems to be more into the taping than into having safety measures available.
– There are major municipal costs when the police are called and respond with divers and boats.
Water below 70 degrees is considered cold by the DNR. Currently, the average temperature of lake water is just 40 degrees.
“Your body does an involuntary gasp when you jump into that water, and that can cause you to breathe in water,” Owens explained. “You can drown from only a half a cup of water in your system.”
In fact, even though the group that jumped into Lake Calhoun had adult supervision, doctors who spoke with Fox 9 News say that unless there is an adult around who is actually trained in water rescue and CPR, it’s still an unsafe stunt.
A founding partner with Bradshaw & Bryant, Mike Bryant has always fought to find justice for his clients—knowing that legal troubles, both personal injury and criminal, can be devastating for a family. Voted a Top 40 Personal Injury "Super Lawyer" multiple years, Mr. Bryant has also been voted one of the Top 100 Minnesota "Super Lawyers" four times.