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  • HYPOTHERMIA!!!

    If you plan any early boating. Use great caution. We tend to forget that even though the air feels good, the water temp can kill you. Regardless of how well you can swim, always wear a PFD. Depending on the temp of the water, your arms will become useless quite quickly. Should the situation become lethal,
    it will be much easier to find your body floating. Should it sink in cold water, it will not float until the water warms.
    The water on the bottom of Lake Superior never warms, therefore they say, she never gives up her dead. Same is true in Alaska even throughout the summer. Melting glaciers keep the water cold just like the ice in your cocktail does. Be sure someone knows where you are going. Try to keep closer to shore. Keep a cell phone in a zip-loc bag and on your person. Only way around this would be to wear a survival suit!
    Here are some facts:
    AlcoholAlcohol consumption increases the risk of hypothermia via its action as a vasodilator. It increases blood flow to the body's skin and extremities, making a person feel warm, while increasing heat loss. Between 33 and 73% of cases of hypothermia are complicated by alcohol.
    Prevention
    Appropriate clothing helps to prevent hypothermia. Synthetic and wool fabrics are superior to cotton as they provide better insulation when wet and dry. Some synthetic fabrics, such as polypropylene and polyester, are used in clothing designed to wick perspiration away from the body, such as liner socks and moisture-wicking undergarments.
    The United States Coast Guard promotes using life vests as a method of protection against hypothermia through the 50/50/50 rule: If someone is in 50 F (10 C) water for 50 minutes, he/she has a 50 percent better chance of survival if wearing a life jacket. A heat escape lessening position can be used to increase survival in cold water.
    Heat is lost more quickly in water than on land. Water temperatures that would be quite reasonable as outdoor air temperatures can lead to hypothermia. A water temperature of 10 C (50 F) can lead to death in as little as one hour, and water temperatures hovering at freezing can lead to death in as little as 15 minutes. A notable example of this occurred during the sinking of the Titanic, in which most people who entered the −2 C (28 F) water died within 1530 minutes.
    Keep Safe
    This article was originally published in forum thread: HYPOTHERMIA!!! started by PHOENIX View original post
    Comments 8 Comments
    1. David's Avatar
      David -
      Great info Phoenix...
    1. White Lightning's Avatar
      White Lightning -
      On an up note, cold water drownings have a high rate of succesful revivals. Good info Phoenix.
      Rob
    1. PHOENIX's Avatar
      PHOENIX -
      Quote Originally Posted by David View Post
      Great info Phoenix...
      Thanks. It's been in my head since one of our brothers on here took a boat ride up in Washington a while back.
    1. PHOENIX's Avatar
      PHOENIX -
      Quote Originally Posted by White Lightning View Post
      On an up note, cold water drownings have a high rate of succesful revivals. Good info Phoenix.
      Rob
      Yes they do, so long as you haven't sunk and they can find you, hence my adamancy about wearing a PFD, whether or not it makes us look less macho or goofy. It took us almost a year to convince CG Dist. Headquarters, in Juneau, to buy us survival suits in '78-9.
    1. "THE ADVOCATE"'s Avatar
      "THE ADVOCATE" -
      When I was twenty something it was a right of passage to swim in cold water. I am glad those days are over! Kreg (H20MOFO) is setting the bar for PFD,s. He is setting the example to wear them when going fast. Even though good ones cost a lot. My kids have theirs and I got one, I still tell Marcee she will float.
    1. PHOENIX's Avatar
      PHOENIX -
      Quote Originally Posted by "THE ADVOCATE" View Post
      When I was twenty something it was a right of passage to swim in cold water. I am glad those days are over! Kreg (H20MOFO) is setting the bar for PFD,s. He is setting the example to wear them when going fast. Even though good ones cost a lot. My kids have theirs and I got one, I still tell Marcee she will float.
      I decided it was time to start wearing one as I'm no longer an avid nor strong swimmer. Had to special order a XXL to go around my 6-pack....aaa...I mean keg... and we all know that not all s**t floats...
    1. White Lightning's Avatar
      White Lightning -
      EVERYONE that has ever set foot in my boat since I've owned it has worn a PFD.
      Rob
    1. wolfie's Avatar
      wolfie -
      Quote Originally Posted by "THE ADVOCATE" View Post
      When I was twenty something it was a right of passage to swim in cold water. I am glad those days are over! Kreg (H20MOFO) is setting the bar for PFD,s. He is setting the example to wear them when going fast. Even though good ones cost a lot. My kids have theirs and I got one, I still tell Marcee she will float.
      Back when I was a kid surfing, we couldn't afford surf wet suits, not that they had them then. We started in February. It was freakin a$$ cold out in the water then. Of course I was swimming and playing water polo back then, so I was in a pool year round. Our school didn't always have the heater working, so we got used to swimming in cold water!!!
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