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Hypothermia safety class for waterfowl hunters set for Aug. 4

LINCOLN, Neb. – Waterfowl hunters are invited to attend a class on hypothermia safety on Aug. 4 at Niobrara State Park.

The class covers basic facts of hypothermia, different scenarios hunters might encounter, and how to respond. Then participants will head to the park swimming pool to practice water safety in a controlled environment.

Niobrara State Park superintendent Mark Rettig developed the class in response to the numerous hypothermia-related rescues of hunters he sees.

“When the water’s cold, it doesn’t take long for accidents to happen,” he said. “This class provides the opportunity to start thinking about safety ahead of fall hunting season.”

The class will take place from 10 a.m. to noon. Participants are asked to bring their chest waders, hunting gear and a lifejacket. The class is free to attend.

For more information, call the park at 402-857-3373. A park entry permit is required.

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