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Cold Water Shock - what to do to stay alive

The lifeboat charity RNLI has issued fresh guidelines to help people stay alive in the wake of 'cold water shock'.

Their campaign is called Respect the Water - and it has the following advice for people who find themselves struggling in cold water:

  • Fight your instinct to panic or swim hard
  • Push your stomach up, extending your arms and legs
  • Gently move your hands and feet to help you float
  • Lean back in the water to keep your airway clear
  • In 60 - 90 seconds you will be able to control your breathing

This is what Ben Mitchell from the RNLI told ITV News Tyne Tees:

Boro's record signing Assombalonga to face former club

Middlesbrough's Britt Assombalonga battles for the ball. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire/PA Images

Middlesbrough's record signing Britt Assombalonga, bought for £15m during the summer, is due to face Nottingham Forest, the club which sold him, on Saturday.

Assombalonga scored 30 goals in 47 starts for Forest, a scoring record which convinced Middlesbrough to sign him.

Boro manager Garry Monk thinks his striker may get an 'interesting' reception at the City Ground:

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Weather: Friday

Credit: Anne Hopper

Early cloud and rain soon clears east.

Sunshine and blustery showers follow, occasionally heavy and perhaps thundery.

Some more prolonged rain and strong winds then possible later across southern parts.

Maximum temperature 18 °C

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