Three young people are laughing and looking at a map. A fourth looks concerned and wraps her arms round her raised knees.

How confident do you feel about helping someone who has hypothermia?

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Michael has a neutral expression.

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 has outstretched arms and  is falling towards a lake as three of 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 kneeling and  facing away from the lake as two friends are supporting her arms and a third is watching.

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.

Three young people are laughing and looking at a map. A fourth looks concerned and wraps her arms round her raised knees.

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.

Three young people are laughing and looking at a map. A fourth looks concerned and wraps her arms round her raised knees.

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.

A seated Allanah has wrapped her hands round her body as a friend makes a phone call. Two other friends are getting a flask from a rucksack.

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

A seated Allanah has wrapped her hands round her body as a friend makes a phone call. Two other friends are getting a flask from a rucksack.

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.

Young person seated amongst four others and wrapped in a blanket is being  handed a drink in a flask cup. Someone is making a phone call.

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

Young person seated amongst four others and wrapped in a blanket is being  handed a drink in a flask cup. Someone is making a phone call.

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 do you think they didn’t?

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

If you think someone has hypothermia, what is the key action to take while you wait for help to arrive?

Young person seated amongst four others and wrapped in a blanket is being  handed a drink in a flask cup. Someone is making a phone call.

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Young person seated amongst four others and wrapped in a blanket is being  handed a drink in a flask cup. Someone is making a phone call.

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

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