YOUNG PEOPLE ASKED TO RESPECT THE WATER AFTER 10 PEOPLE DIE IN CURRENT WARM SPELL
The RNLI and Irish coast guard have ask people to respect the water particularity young people after 10 people lost there lives in this current warm spell.
Extend your arms, legs and life expectancy.
If you fall into water, fight your instinct to swim until the cold water shock passes.
The average temperature of British and Irish waters is 12-15°C – cold enough to cause cold water shock. Cold water shock makes you gasp uncontrollably and breathe in water, which can quickly lead to drowning.
Fight your instinct to swim, pause, and float on your back until you are able to catch your breath. Doing so may save your life.
Five steps to float:
1. Fight your instinct to thrash around
2. Lean back, extend your arms and legs
3. If you need to, gently move them around to help you float
4. Float until you can control your breathing
5. Only then, call for help or swim to safety
IF YOU SEE SOMEONE IN TROUBLE AT THE COAST, CALL 999 OR 112 AND ASK FOR THE COASTGUARD