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Old 23-05-2013, 22:15   #1
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Carbon Monoxide poisoning

Hi folks, I'm sure this is something that has been discussed and considered over and over on our forum but here is a tragic reminder of how we can so easily forget, or even become complacent about this very real danger:

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Please check your boat out again, sooner rather than later. I have grown to hate the "health & safety" screams in Britain for anything and everything but this tragic reminder is a call for us to be vigilant and alert.

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Re: Carbon Monoxide poisoning

Most don't realize how common CO poisoning is because the symptoms are almost identical to those of seasickness.
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Re: Carbon Monoxide poisoning

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Most don't realize how common CO poisoning is because the symptoms are almost identical to those of seasickness.
To be honest, I am a survivor of carbon monoxide poisoning. Another 2-3 minutes and it would have been too late for me. When you are dozing or relaxing it starts with a pleasant feeling of feeling even more relaxed, which then turns into a sensation of heaviness in your arms and limbs. (I had no nausea at all ... that came hours later and the next day).

At the point that you experience the "heaviness" in your limbs it approaches a dangerous point where you are incapacitated and unable to do anything about it. At this point, even if you were realising that something is wrong, you have almost no chance of saving yourself. If you're asleep and overcome by the carbon monoxide you stand no chance whatsoever.

Now go and check your boats folks.
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