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Old 03 December 2006, 16:20   #21
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One bit of advice they always give you is to move around as little as possible to conserve heat. This goes against the grain for me. I used to do a lot of mountain walking/climbing and the only way to keep warm was to keep moving - stop and you die!!!

I have read of a few cases where people have kept still in the water and died - other who keep swimming seem to stand a better chance. Look at cross channel swimmers and those people who have swum miles in artic waters.

http://www.int.iol.co.za/index.php?c...2C135&set_id=1
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I shall quote from "Essentials of Sea Survival" (Ch 4 - Initial and Short Term Imersion) by Frank Golden MD PhD and Michael Tipton PhD:

If you have nothing to hold on to, stay as still as possible in the water to reduce the rate of displacement of buoyant air from your clothing during the critical early minutes of immersion.

Codprawn - I suggest that you should do a Sea Survival course before dishing out any more of your dodgy advice on this subject. It may also save your own life if you're ever in a critical situation.
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Codprawn - I suggest that you should do a Sea Survival course before dishing out any more of your dodgy advice on this subject.

oi yew nobbur. stopp maikin persunul attaks onn codsporn

wot yew downt reelize iz dat hee iz a werld famus endewrunce swimmer an cann servive forr howers inn cowld worter dat yew meer mawtals wud freez yorr bollox orf inn secunds. (codprorns arr cowld bluddid}

enywaiys att de rait yew ribnobburs gett flikt owt ov yorr botes i wud recomend warin a geko helmit wiv too blakk borls onn de topp soe dat de resst ov de botin werld cann neegowshiate de sowlint wivowt leevin blud stayned bitts ov worter orl ova de fkin plase.

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I shall quote from "Essentials of Sea Survival" (Ch 4 - Initial and Short Term Imersion) by Frank Golden MD PhD and Michael Tipton PhD:

If you have nothing to hold on to, stay as still as possible in the water to reduce the rate of displacement of buoyant air from your clothing during the critical early minutes of immersion.

Codprawn - I suggest that you should do a Sea Survival course before dishing out any more of your dodgy advice on this subject. It may also save your own life if you're ever in a critical situation.

I was NOT dishing out advice - merely trying to get a debate going on a subject that could save people's lives - of course the experts are ALWAYS right aren't they???
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oi yew nobbur. stopp maikin persunul attaks onn codsporn

wot yew downt reelize iz dat hee iz a werld famus endewrunce swimmer an cann servive forr howers inn cowld worter dat yew meer mawtals wud freez yorr bollox orf inn secunds. (codprorns arr cowld bluddid}

enywaiys att de rait yew ribnobburs gett flikt owt ov yorr botes i wud recomend warin a geko helmit wiv too blakk borls onn de topp soe dat de resst ov de botin werld cann neegowshiate de sowlint wivowt leevin blud stayned bitts ov worter orl ova de fkin plase.

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Did any of you watch the videos I linked?
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The topics of Boat Safety and Cold Water/Sea Survival & Rescue probably warrant their own forum because of their importance. Whadaya think JK?
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Did any of you watch the videos I linked?
'The Ice Water Immersion' snippet was interesting! Liked the bit where he suggested freezing bits of oneself to the ice when in danger of losing consciousness (His 'mushroom float' can't have been fun either!)

Many MOBs won't have the luxury of a ledge to support much of the body out of the water (unless they are near the boat) therefore staying afloat will be a priority.


Will catch the other segment next time. Nice one prairie tuber!

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That guy is excellent, and the technique of freezing the arms to the ice is incredible!
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the technique of freezing the arms to the ice is incredible!
It's gotta take nerve though!

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