13 June 2015

Emergency On The Water (To Be Finished)

I have looked at Emergency Bivvy On The Mountain already. Now it is time to look at a similar emergency on the water; in a kayak, canoe or sit on top. Potentially more serious than a mountain as you are dealing with possibly being immersed in the water and being completely wet. Also we tend to carry less safety gear on the water than we do on the mountain.

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1. Avoid getting into this situation in the first place. Be super safe, be super careful, be super planned. Carry the right gear, including mobile phone or radio. Leave a route card and really know the weather. When you look at the weather, look ahead to the next day also, as weather systems can travel in earlier than expected. Two good websites I use are www.met.ie and www.windguru.com.

2. Level 2 Skills is a min level to be at, and Level 3 Skills is a really solid/safe level to be at.

3. In an emergency there is no such thing as overkill in terms of the preparation you have done; or the gear you are carrying.

4. On lake and sea - wind is the major danger. On river - rainfall/high water level is the major danger.

5. Order Of Priority:
Protection - Get Yourself As Safe As Possible

- Call For Rescue On 112 & Request Coast Guard; Or Self Rescue By Getting To Civilisation

- Keep Your Body Working Well By Staying Hydrated.
Cool Water If Hot Day/Hot Ribena If Cold Day

- Keep Your Body Working Well By Staying Fueled With Good Food, Such As Decent Sandwiches/Fruit/Nuts

Please Remember What's First - Handy Acronym For Above!

6. Order Of Priority keeps repeating, for example if you are calling for rescue it it one job to get safe for the short term while you make your rescue call; it is another job to get safe for the long term, while you wait for rescue to arrive.

7. Make a super human effort if needed and make for land/river bank. If you can reach land/river bank things become easier and safer. However don't put yourself at more risk by trying to self rescue.

8. Otherwise raft together securely as quickly as possible if things begin to spin out of control. Ideally raft all facing the same direction, securely held together and paddles locked under your elbows. This is a good skill to practice. Being rafted gives you a working platform, allows a rescue call, allows basic first aid and keeps you out of the water. It is also a more visible target for rescuers.

9. Don't become complacent in your raft. If a boat capsises or someone swims it will be extremely difficult to deal with; however in your raft it may be possible for someone to reach into their hull/hatch/dry bag for equipment.

10. When making a rescue call, let one of the middle members of the raft call; meaning there is slightly less wind noise.

11. If you have a swimmer who is too exhausted to get back into their boat by normal x-rescue, you can make your raft against the swimmer and they can crawl onto the front deck of the raft, inch by inch.

More To Follow... Nathan - Outdoors Ireland

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