A: Yes. The videos referred to here can be used for educational purposes only.
You can access the following 3 video files done for the Discovery Channel Canada:
1) Cold Water Survival – Strategies for survival if you fall through the ice (High Res - 150 MB)
2) You’re Out, Now What? How to survive a night in the forest after losing your snowmobile through the ice (High Res - 136 MB)
3) Getting That Sinking Feeling - The importance of proper outerwear to keep you afloat and alive when snowmobiling (High Res - 123 MB)
You can also ask for a free DVD of our Cold Water Boot Camp, Reality Video at http://www.coldwaterbootcamp.com/.
For other resources, please check out our web page http://www.umanitoba.ca/kinrec/giesbrecht.
A: Yes. You can download several short papers from our web page (scroll to bottom) http://www.umanitoba.ca/kinrec/giesbrecht.
You may also be interested in our recent book Hypothermia, Frostbite and Other Cold Injuries, which can be accessed at http://www.mountaineersbooks.org/productdetails.cfm?PC=1254
What not to do:
If you touch your cell phone you will probably die!
What you should do:
If your vehicle ends up in water, REMEMBER: DO NOT PANIC and
*WINDOWS – You may need a centre punch to break your side windows – see below for purchase information.
How long will the vehicle “float”?
FLOATING only until the water reaches the bottom of the side windows (about 1 minute) . At this point you can still roll down the windows.
After that the vehicle is
SINKING. The water pressure will press the window against the door frame, making it impossible to open it. It does not matter how long this period is. Even though the vehicle is visible, it is a tomb with windows and doors that cannot be opened.
Finally, the vehicle is
SUBMERGED. Even though it is under water, all the air will not have escaped yet. Thus you will still not be able to open the doors or windows. Now you would have to wait for the vehicle to fill completely with water before the pressure equalizes and the door can be opened. Unfortunately, unless you are Houdini, you will probably have drowned by then.
One final principle:
Use the window, not the door. Because the water level is higher outside than inside, the pressure makes if VERY DIFFICULT, IF NOT IMPOSSIBLE, to open the door. If you could get the door open, water would rush in and the vehicle would plummet to the bottom. You may be caught in the door, which will then slam shut, and you will certainly trap anyone else who is still in the vehicle.
(Photo courtesy of Trevor Hagan, Winnipeg Free Press)
In Winnipeg this device can be purchased from:
1) Reliant Safety Equipment Inc.
1708 St. James St., Winnipeg
Tel. (204) 582-0734
2) ABC Fire and Safety Equipment Ltd.
9-846 Marion St., Winnipeg
Tel (204) 233-6083
Please note that I do not have any commercial interests in the Res-Q-Me manufacturers or retailers. I recommend it because it is small, effective and can be hung in an obvious, accessible location without being unsightly.
In 2002, a panel of experts was convened in Sitka, Alaska to review and revise the "State of Alaska Cold Injuries Guidelines". This revision was approved by the State Legislature and published in 2003. Download PDF.
For other State of Alaska Emergency Medical Services Unit Downloads, visit http://www.ems.alaska.gov/ems/downloads/
Free download of CWBC presentation (PDF) for educational use.