Publisher: Cathy Unger
Contributors: Bob Gregorski
Monthly meetings are at 7:00 PM the first Wednesday of the month in the Community Room at the, Naugatuck Savings Bank, 87 Church St., Naugatuck. For further information call Dom Falcone at 860-274-4103 or email@example.com or visit www.tunaugpomp.org.
I have been requested by state DEEP to make sure none of our people are going into the construction area. If they wish to view it they can from across the river on the other side of the road, not in the construction area. If anyone enters the area the job project risks being shut down and the person is subject to arrest and all the fines and penalties of the law. I remind everyone this is a Federally funded project run by the State please stay out.
Park City Truck Equipment
1001 Wordin Ave.
203-576-0560 or cell 203-509-9303
HYPOTHERMIA Bob Gregorski
Those who fish while wading in the Hous, Farmington, Pomperaug and Naugatuck in cold weather and/or water should find the following informative.
“Bronco”! I’m having a tough time getting out of the river,” I shouted to my fishing buddy who was about 50 above where I was standing in the Farmington River. I had been stationary in one spot for about an hour casting to rising trout on the opposite side of the river. The cold water level thigh-high, when I began to wade out my legs would not go where I wanted them to move. I was unpleasantly surprised at my dilemma. Fortunately I was only about ten feet from the shore. Bronco left the river and came hustling down to where I was struggling to get out. I made it nearly out of the water when he arrived.
“What’s the problem”, he asked with a concerned look on his face. As I began to answer, my mouth tightened up and my teeth began to chatter. I knew I was in trouble, an embarrassed and experienced angler who allowed himself to experience HYPOTHEREMIA. Fortunately it was only the onset.
“Get your truck warmed up”, I mumbled. “Need something hot to drink”; I added. We had been fishing a short distance above the HITCHCOCK CHAIR FACTORY. The GENERAL STORE was nearby. Bronco bought me a cup of hot coffee. My hands were shaking, so I could not get my wallet out.
The hot cup felt good in my cod hands, but when I tried to take a drink my shaking mouth and teeth would not allow it. Hot coffee dribbled over my face. The truck warmed quickly and the hot coffee cup provided additional warmth. We were both concerned, so we headed home. After about a half hour my symptoms subsided. My shaking and chattering were gone within the hour.
Note: It was late April and the air was cool and water cold. I was not wearing insulated waders, which since that episode I have always done. Carrying a whistle is advised. If you are not able to yell, you may be able to blow a whistle to attract attention.
That was scary. Later I thought—if I were alone out in the river with no one to help; I may not have written this.
Hypothermia can occur when: hiking, kayaking, boating, fishing, snowshoeing and just about any exposure to the cold. Here’s some key information. Hypothermia happens when the body’s ability to generate and conserve heat to overcome the loss of body heat.
Mild hypothermia occurs when the body core temperature is above 90 and below 95 degrees. Mild hypothermia results in a person losing fine motor skills and judgment. Shivering may be suppressed by physical activity. Uncontrolled shivering can begin as the body temperature lowers closer to 90 degrees, acute hypothermia occurs when there is a sudden drop in body core temperature. Falling in cold water or being exposed to sudden drop in temperature when one is wet. Chronic hypothermia is the result of a gradual drop in core temperature during several hours. Most chronic hypothermia deaths occur when the body temperature ranges from 30 to 50 degrees.
Hypothermia is preventable by minimizing heat loss by conduction, radiation, evaporation and convection, Prevention includes: proper choice of clothing and shelter, staying dry and staying well hydrated and avoiding overexertion. Carrying heat packs is advisable.