Hypothermia claims Issaquah-area man

November 30, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

The recent cold has claimed the life of a 66-year-old Issaquah-area man.

James R. Furseth died Nov. 20 in Issaquah from hypothermia, the King County Medical Examiner’s Office reported last week. Temperatures in the Issaquah area dipped to near freezing on the day Furseth died.

The medical examiner’s office said Furseth died in a trailer near rural Southeast May Valley Road.

Hypothermia occurs after a person’s body temperature has dropped significantly below normal due to inadequate protection against cold.

Temperatures in recent days dipped into the 20s and teens as a fall snowstorm swept into the region.

The cold also claimed a 76-year-old Redmond man, Jerry M. Fitzgerald. Officials said Fitzgerald died from hypothermia Nov. 19.

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