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Cold Water Challenge lands Sturgis man in hospital

Michiana man injured at Grey Lake during Cold Water Challenge Michiana man injured at Grey Lake during Cold Water Challenge
An outdoor trend known as the Cold Water Challenge has landed a St. Joseph County, Michigan man in the hospital.

The Cold Water Challenge involves a person calling out individuals who must either give money to a charity or jump into a chilly lake, river or stream. The videos are posted on social media sites where the person diving in the water challenges more people and the cycle begins again.

Tommy Smith was nominated by a fellow church member.  He dove into Grey Lake at around six on Wednesday night. Witnesses say the water was very shallow where he went in and that resulted in Smith getting injured.  Deedee Taylor was at Grey Lake with her son, Jordan, when Smith decided to go into the water.  Then they noticed that Smith was in trouble. "As soon as I pulled him up, he gasped for air and then started saying he couldn't feel his body parts," Taylor said.

Jordan Taylor thought Smith was trying to play a joke on the people standing at shore by not coming up from the water right away. "I thought he was playing until about 30 or 40 seconds and he didn't come up," he said. He says he knew something was wrong when Smith was brought to shore and was screaming. "I was shocked," Jordan Taylor said.

 Although this incident occurred, there were many others who made their way to Grey Lake for the challenge.  Kristina Metheny was at the lake with her family Thursday.  She has already done the challenge and was there Thursday evening for her son to jump into the water.  "It's just spread rapidly," Metheny said.

Taylor says the challenge has started to get out of hand with the number of people involved and what it entails. "They're making up the rules as they go as in if you don't do the challenge you have to pay a hundred dollars to a charity and buy me a case of beer," Taylor said.

She added that her daughter was challenged on Facebook. Taylor says she won't let her daughter participate. Her son says he has not been challenged.  "If I was ever nominated I'm not doing it after what I saw yesterday," Jordan Taylor said.

Deedee Taylor says there was no connection between the church and the challenge and Smith is currently recovering in a Kalamazoo hospital.

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