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Frozen fear - saving yourself on thin ice
Published on:Friday, December 17, 2010 - 15:12
It’s the nightmare of every outdoor skater: you’re skating along and suddenly, CRACK, you’ve fallen through and are stuck underneath the ice. What do you do? Some Dutch schoolchildren are learning just that at a swimming pool in the central Dutch town of Zevenaar.
The children are learning how to climb out of a hole in the ice and how to save their friends if they’ve fallen through. The most important lesson: remain calm.
Of course, this is much easier in warm swimming pool water than in the ice-cold water outdoors. But at least the training gives children who have fallen through the ice an idea of whether to aim for the light- or the dark-colored spot.