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‘With the first breath you can cross that lethal dose for drowning’

Episode 75 – A Lesson for Life: Professor Mike Tipton

Should you suddenly find yourself in very cold water, your survival could be determined within the first few seconds. Pioneering researcher Professor Mike Tipton MBE explains why.

Since the Titanic sank in 1912, hypothermia has largely been considered the main danger facing those exposed to very cold water. But sea-survival expert Mike Tipton’s research has revealed that the prime threat is actually cold water shock.

Anything below 15°C is defined as cold water and can seriously affect your breathing and movement, so the risk is significant most of the year. The average UK and Ireland sea temperature is 12°C – rivers are colder, even in summer. Professor Tipton shares the simple tips that could one day save your life.

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