‘She was laughing before she suddenly collapsed’: Boss of cold water therapy camp beloved by celebrities says he is ‘reeling’ from the death of mother-of-three, 39, – but insists everyone signs a waiver warning about health
The boss of a cold water therapy camp where a mother-of-three died after being plunged into a river says he has been left ‘reeling’ from the incident.
Therapist Kevin O’Neill, who runs Breatheolution in Buxworth, Derbyshire, said the 39-year-old was ‘laughing’ moments before collapsing atm the camp on Monday.
The woman, who was visiting with two friends after paying up to £200 for a two-hour cold water therapy session, was rushed to hospital where she died.
Police say the death of the woman, who has not been named, is not suspicious and they have notified the local coroner.
Following news of the woman’s death, Mr O’Neill, whose camp is loved by celebrities, including Coleen Rooney, said he requires participants to sign a waiver before they take part in his sessions.
The waiver, seen by MailOnline, warns those signing up that they should be aware of the ‘dangerous’ associated with the ‘effects of cold’ during after after exposure.
The woman, 39, and two friends paid up to £200 for a two-hour session at Breatheolution in Buxworth, Derbyshire on Monday
Therapist Kevin O’Neill (pictured right with Coleen Rooney), who runs Breatheolution in Buxworth, Derbyshire, said the 39-year-old was ‘laughing’ moments before collapsing on Monday
The waiver, seen by MailOnline, warns those signing up that they should be aware of the ‘dangerous’ associated with the ‘effects of cold’ during after after exposure
It also states that by signing up to the sessions that participants hold ‘all responsibility for any injuries ailments of after-effects that occur during and after entering the water’.
What is cold water therapy?
Cold water therapy is the practice of using water that’s around 59F (15C) to treat health conditions. It’s also known as cold hydrotherapy.
The practice has been around for thousands of years but the trend has recently seen a revival with ice baths, outdoor swims, and cold water immersion therapy sessions.
It is believed the therapy can improve your circulation, deepen your sleep, spike your energy levels, and reduce inflammation in your body.
However, not much research has been done to support the claims. Also, it affects your blood pressure, heart rate, and circulation and so can lead to cardiac stress.
There have been a number of reports of deaths from exposure and heart attacks.
Last night, following the announcement of the woman’s death, Mr O’Neill said he was left ‘reeling’ by the incident.
He told the Sun: ‘I am heartbroken. I’ve not slept and I’m finding it hard to process. I cannot stop thinking about her family. It’s tragic.’
He explained how he helped the woman, who was ‘laughing’ before collapsing, to the bank and performed CPR.
He also said: ‘I have taken 1,100 people into the water over two years and nothing like this has ever happened. It’s a freak incident and very sadly someone has lost their life.’
Mr O’Neill explained how he requires participants to sign a waiver before asking them their medical history and whether they are on any medication.
The waiver states: ‘By signing this document I am certifying that the information here given is correct and agree to perform breathing techniques that may make me light headed and affect my biochemistry and also to enter cold water at 10 degrees Celsius and below at my own risk and understand the dangers associated with open water and the effects of cold during and after exposure to it.
‘I hold all responsibility for any injuries, ailments or after effects that may occur during and after breathwork and entering the water with Kevin O’Neill and Breatheolution and therefore agree to waiver all responsibility and not to make claim against Kevin O’Neill or Breatheolution.’
He also warned last year: ‘When you submerge your whole body into cold water it goes through a lot of physiological and chemical changes. You can soon get into trouble.’
Kevin O’Neill, who runs the camp, helped woman out of the water and performed CPR while an air ambulance rushed to the location
Other celebrities who have visited the camp include actor Stephen Graham and ex-Manchester United footballer Chris Smalling
The woman entered the water and was acclimatising to its temperature when she suddenly collapsed.
Mr O’Neill helped her out of the water and performed CPR while an air ambulance rushed to the location. However, the woman later died in hospital.
The cold water camp is popular with celebrities and was previously visited by Coleen Rooney in October.
Coleen, who was joined by her brothers, later posted about the trip online and wrote: ‘What a way to start the week…Monday morning in freezing cold water.’
Other celebrities who have visited the camp include actor Stephen Graham and ex-Manchester United footballer Chris Smalling.
Mr O’Neill explained how he requires participants to sign a waiver before asking them their medical history and whether they are on any medication. Pictured: A cold bath at the site
Stephen Graham is among the celebrities to have visited Breatheolution for cold water dips
Adam Thomas described his visit to the cold water camp as ‘absolutely amazing’
Scott Thomas, the brother of Emmerdale star Adam Thomas, posted a video of himself at the camp last week
A Derbyshire Police spokeswoman said: ‘Several officers attended. Paramedics took the 39-year-old woman to hospital but she was later pronounced dead.
‘There are no suspicious circumstances and we are preparing a file for the coroner.’
Chesterfield Coroners Office has been notified.