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Hypothermia - the loss of body heat - is the greatest danger for anyone in the water. As the body loses its heat, body functions slow down. This can quickly lead to death.


There are three critical areas where the body loses heat most quickly: the head and neck, the sides of the chest, and the groin region.  



The Heat Escape Lessening Position ê protects the critical body areas and slows down the loss of heat. Get into this position if you are alone in the water.  


If two or more people are in the water together, form a huddle so that the sides of your bodies are close together.  

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