Now our club season of racing has finished and “Haul Out Day” has passed, the overall temperature has dropped – meaning on or near the water activity must be strongly aware of Cold Shock Hypothermia.
For people not used to cold water (temperature under 15 °C), sudden water immersion is associated with two problems, either of which may result in death from drowning.
On initial immersion, the shock of the cold water coming in contact with the skin (“Cold Shock”) can result in incapacitation and drowning in the first 2-3 minutes. For those who survive this and are unable to get out of the water quickly, progressive body cooling leading to hypothermia will follow in time. The rate of onset will depend on water temperature and the protective measures you have taken to reduce body cooling.
Further information from Irish Water Safety – http://www.iws.ie/emergency-situations/hypothermia-what-to-do.355.html
This message on safety combines with earlier posts:-
You may have read about Emily’s Code – http://edyc.co.uk/2017/03/06/emilys-code/
Also – The “respect the water campaign” an RLNI initiative – http://edyc.co.uk/2017/07/16/respect-water-campaign-rlni/
and also our EDYC Emergencies Action Plan – http://edyc.co.uk/2017/02/21/edyc-action-plan-emergencies-afloat-feb-2017/
Please be vigilant and take no short cuts with safety.
A Personal Flotation Device must be worn by children under 12 years of age and by all non-swimmers using the pontoon or the approach Walkway and Bridge.