We all love to walk around the harbour, clamber over the rocks, “oops!”, slip into the sea …….. however most people who drown had no plans to go swimming! 

Scottish Flood Forum and the RNLI has distributed these useful videos on cold-water immersion: 

Very briefly: If you enter the water unexpectedly:

  • The initial effects of cold water pass in less than a minute so don't try to swim straight away.
  • Relax and float on your back to catch your breath. Get hold of something that will help you float.
  • Keep calm then call for help or swim for safety if you're able.

Wearing your life jacket could be the single most important factor in surviving cold-water immersion.

Photos from the RNLI video.

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