Buy yourself some time by always wearing a lifejacket Saint John NB

Research has shown that most people who fall into cold water die before they ever experience hypothermia.

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(NC)-Research has shown that most people who fall into cold water die before they ever experience hypothermia.

It is often the shock of cold water characterized by heavy gasping and uncontrollable hyperventilation that kills and this happens in the first minute.

Should you survive the cold shock, you can expect that it will take about one hour to become unconscious and still longer before you succumb to hypothermia.

Quite simply, cold water can kill in seconds.

Many boaters think they can just put on a life jacket if they experience an unexpected fall into cold water. Yet year after year, statistics tell us that about 90 per cent of boaters who drowned were found not wearing a lifejacket.

The shock of cold water makes it very difficult to find and put on a lifejacket. If you wear a lifejacket you can buy yourself time until someone can find you and hopefully rescue you.

Many people are surprised to hear that 94 per cent of people who drowned in Canada did so in water less than 20 degrees Celsius.

If the cold shock doesn't kill you, time will. Always wear a lifejacket.

Go to www.lifesavingsociety.com for more information on tips to stay safe around water.

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