Michael and his friends are looking at a map while on a hike. Allanah looks cold.

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Michael is looking at the camera

Michael and his friends are on a hike, when Allanah falls into a lake. Michael realises she is very cold and gets his friends to help.

Allanah is falling into a lake, as her friends look towards her.

Some friends and I were on a hike - training for our Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award. We were walking on a really narrow path next to a lake when Allanah slipped and fell into the water.

Allanah is helped out of the lake by her friends

It happened so fast – she was there one second and in the icy water the next. We pulled her out as quickly as we could but she was soaked and really upset.

Michael and his friends are looking at a map while on a hike. Allanah looks cold.

Once she had calmed down, we started walking again. We thought she would dry off pretty quickly; she was only in the water for a minute. After walking for a while we stopped for a break.

Michael and his friends are looking at a map while on a hike. Allanah looks cold.

As the rest of us chatted, Allanah grew really quiet and began to look ill. We noticed she was really shivering, her teeth were chattering and she felt very cold to touch.

Michael calls 999 while his friends try to warm Allanah up

We realised Allanah was showing signs of hypothermia. She was awake but didn’t seem to understand what was going on around her.

Michael calls 999 while his friends try to warm Allanah up

I called 999 and explained what had happened while the others helped Allanah change into drier clothes and a warm hat. Freya had a blanket in her bag, which she wrapped around Allanah.

Allanah is wrapped in a blanket and her friends are trying to warm her up with a hot drink

We stayed with Allanah while we waited for help to arrive. We kept telling her she would be alright.

Allanah is wrapped in a blanket and her friends are trying to warm her up with a hot drink

We helped her to warm up with a hot drink and gave her some chocolate from our packed lunches too. I feel bad for not getting help sooner but at least we realised before it was too late.

Michael realised later that they should have got help sooner. Why did Michael not help sooner?

Apart from being cold, what other signs might suggest someone has hypothermia?

If someone might have hypothermia, what is the key action to take while waiting for help to arrive?

Allanah is wrapped in a blanket and her friends are trying to warm her up with a hot drink

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Allanah is wrapped in a blanket and her friends are trying to warm her up with a hot drink

Take action: If someone has hypothermia, warm the person.

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