ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The tragic hypothermia deaths  of a Millstadt father and his two young sons over the weekend have prompted local doctors to remind residents about the extreme dangers of cool to cold temperatures.

The three victims were last seen alive Saturday afternoon, hiking along the Ozark Trail in Reynolds County, Missouri. By the next day, they were dead due to hypothermia. St. Louis University Hospital emergency room physician Dr. Craig Krause says if you’re not accustomed to hiking in the extreme cold, don’t do it.

“If you’re an experienced hiker, you got to make sure you have all the appropriate equipment, appropriate layers, as far as clothing,” he said. “Also, if you can bring a heater along, all those things can be beneficial. And also knowing that if it gets too cold, know when to say when.”

Krause says hypothermia can kill quickly, depending on the weather and how prepared you are for the extreme cold.”It depends on the extreme of weather. The temperatures have been fairly cold, we’ve had temperatures down in the 20s. Being exposed or not having appropriate gear, it can happen pretty quickly.”

And Krause reminds that while hypothermia poses an occasional concern for hikers, the homeless are threatened by it on a nightly basis.


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