What to Do If You Fall Through the Ice

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Find out the crucially important rules of how to survive in an emergency situation when you fall through the ice. Remember these survival hacks to save your own life or the life of others in trouble.
It’s too easy to say that the best way to survive falling through is to not walk on thin ice or ignore warning signs in the first place. But accidents happen, and anyone can find themselves plunging into freezing cold water. And then hypothermia, panic, and sinking to the bottom are hard challenges to overcome. But it’s not impossible to survive falling through ice if you know several tips that can save your life.
Stay calm after you’ve fallen in, try to stop your body’s instinctive need to gasp frantically while you’re in the water. You’ve got to slow down your heart rate, which will be going a hundred miles per hour due to the shock. Remember, you have more time than your terrified mind thinks. Hypothermia won’t kick in for at least 10 minutes. It’s easier to get out of the ice-cold trap from the way you got in. Once you’re out and back on the ice, do not try to stand up immediately. Crawl on your hands and knees or on your stomach in the direction you came from. As soon as you get to a warm place, take off your wet clothes, wrap yourself up in a blanket, and drink something warm.
If you see someone fall through the ice, don’t run head-first to the rescue, crawl. You won’t help anyone if you become a victim yourself. Try to calm the victim down and pull them out carefully. Warm them up and take the victim to the hospital as soon as possible.

TIMESTAMPS
What to do immediately after you’ve fallen in 0:53
Getting out 2:35
Once you’re out 4:25
Warming up 5:11
If you see someone fall through the ice 6:32

SUMMARY
-Don’t panic or splash around and keep your head above water. If a backpack or your coat is pulling you to the bottom, get rid of it. Breath as slowly and deeply as possible.
-Find the place where you’d been standing before falling, it’s usually more solid. You have 3 options as to how to get out of the water. If you’re still unable to get yourself out of the water after several attempts, stay put, wait for help to arrive and move as little as possible to conserve heat and energy.
-Once you’re out and back on the ice, do not try to stand up immediately. Instead, roll away from the open water as far as possible. After you get to the shore, don’t stop! Run to the nearest warm place.
-As soon as you get to a warm place, take off your wet clothes, wrap yourself up in a blanket, and drink something warm. You can use hot water bottles or heating pads. Do not take a hot bath! It can cause shock or, even worse, heart failure. If you can’t get to a warm place fast, try to wring as much water as possible out of your clothes. Visit a doctor ASAP.
-Call 911, try to calm the victim down. Get a long object like a rope, a long scarf, a tree branch, or a stick that you can extend towards the victim. As soon as the person gets a grip on the object, you can start pulling. Don’t stand on thin ice yourself as you pull the person out. After the victim reaches you, warm them up and take them to the hospital immediately.

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