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The RNLI has released a new campaign to prevent drowning.

The RNLI has released a new campaign to prevent drowning.

James Woolven

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Friday, May 26, 2017 - 8:12

THE RNLI is urging people to fight their instincts if they fall into water.
New research commissioned by the RNLI revealed that 51 per cent of people in the South East would follow a potentially life-threatening instinct if they fell into water.
Sudden immersion in cold water puts people at severe risk of suffering cold water shock, which triggers the instinctive reaction to gasp uncontrollably, thrash and swim hard, which can quickly lead to drowning.
The RNLI suggests that despite seeming counter-intuitive, the best course of action is to float calmly, until the effects of cold water shock pass and you can catch your breath, before then trying to swim to safety or calling for help.
As the RNLI's Respect the Water campaign launches for its fourth year, it has produced a video explaining this technique.
Mike Tipton, Professor of Human and Applied Physiology at the University of Portsmouth, said: "Floating is not an easy thing to do in cold open water.
"The recommended floating position is to lean back in the water and keep your airway clear.
"Keeping calm will help maintain buoyancy. Some people find it helpful to gently scull with their hands and kick their feet to keep afloat.
"The main principle is to do as little as possible until you have control of your breathing. At this point you have a much better chance of avoiding drowning and surviving until you can swim to safety, call for help, or continue to float until help arrives."

 


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