Water Accidents and First Aid
Injuries and accidents are not exclusive of extreme sports. In fact, injuries come along when practicing any sport. Accidents can happen at any moment. That’s why they are known as accidents.
What to Do?
It doesn’t matter if you’re whitewater rafting, fishing, driving your jet ski or just fixing your home’s roof, an accident usually occurs without warning.
Obviously, the most recommended first action you should take is to call 911 or look for help. However, help might take a little while to arrive and knowing what to do, could mean a huge difference in a life or death situation.
On a recent post named Whitewater Safety Tips, we shared several safety tips and techniques to apply when someone falls out of the whitewater raft.
Today, we want to share some suggestions of what to do, if someone suffers a water accident, and professional help is nowhere near.
Now, none of these tips could replace a CPR class, but it could help someone when no one else has the skills.
Unconscious and Not Breathing
While practicing whitewater rafting or any other water sport and you become an accident witness… first, take the person out of the water as soon as possible.
If once out of the water, this person is unconscious and not breathing, check their breathing by tilting their head backward and looking and feeling for breaths and immediately call for help.
Place your ear next to the person’s mouth and nose. Do you feel air on your cheek? Look to see if the person’s chest is moving. If the person is Not Breathing, check the person’s pulse for 10 seconds.
While you wait for rescuers to arrive, push firmly downwards in the middle of the chest and then release.
For an adult or child, place the heel of one hand on the center of the chest at the nipple line. You can also push with one hand on top of the other. For an infant, place two fingers on the breastbone.
For an adult or child, press down about 2 inches. Make sure not to press on ribs. For an infant, press down about 1 and 1/2 inches. Make sure not to press on the end of the breastbone.
Do 30 chest compressions, at the rate of 100 per minute or more. Let the chest rise completely between pushes. Push at a regular rate until help arrives.
Check to see if the person has started breathing.
Unconscious and Breathing
If the victim is breathing place the person on their side and tilt their head back. Check breathing by tilting their head backward and looking and feeling for breaths and as soon as possible, call 911 or get someone else to do it.
Practice Whitewater Rafting with the Best!
It’s true that when practicing extreme sports and any other sport, accidents can occur at any moment, but it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the fascinating thrill of whitewater rafting.
Mile Hi Rafting offers the best whitewater rafting tours in Colorado. We raft at Clear Creek River and Arkansas River with extreme precautions to ensure the safety of our clients and staff.
All of our rafting guides have been trained by the best, accumulating a wide rafting experience, great rescue skills and first aids knowledge.
Don’t deprive yourself from experiencing one of the most fascinating and memorable adventures in life. Raft with the best and enjoy all the thrill of whitewater rafting in a safe and secure environment. Call Mile Hi Rafting today and book your adventure.