and lower many times. The key to the shock factor is mental preparation, though I know of cases where the person was not prepared at all, yet lived.
Just as the NOAA puts out hysterical warnings about lightning, there are groups putting out calamitous stuff about cold water shock that has been gathered by studies that do not cover all conditions, especially some of the realistic ones.
Go watch the polar bear events on the Great Lakes. Very low casualty level.
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