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What to look out for:

• Hypothermia
• Unconsciousness

What to do:

1. Try to rescue the casualty but don’t put yourself in danger. If possible, stay on dry land and reach out to the casualty with a stick, or throw a rope.

2. Try to keep the casualty’s head lower than their chest once they are out of the water.

3. If the casualty has stopped breathing send for an ambulance and start artificial ventilation as soon as possible.

4. Clear any water from the stomach and air passages by placing them on their front, holding their waist and lifting their lower back. If the casualty has no pulse, start cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

5. If the casualty is breathing and has a pulse, put them in the recovery position and insulate from the cold.

6. If they are conscious, remove wet clothing, insulate from the cold and treat them for hypothermia. Monitor their breathing and pulse until help arrives.

Never put yourself at risk- if in doubt, call the emergency services.

Anyone who has lost consciousness should b advised to seek medical attention.


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