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  Hypothermia - 60 degree water
  Posted by: Celia on Jun-02-14 9:56 AM (EST)

It doesn't have to be as cold as you think... (Motor) boat capsize in Lake Michigan, two found, two missing, one of the two found succumbed to hypothermia in 60 degree water after being rescued. All were wearing life jackets.

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  article leaves much to be desired
  Posted by: slushpaddler on Jun-02-14 10:33 AM (EST)
1. What was the boat? Sailboat, fishing charter or personal motorboat? Size and capacity?

2. What was their course of travel? I doubt they were doing a direct cossing but agin, I don't know.

People fish all the time in the great lakes this time of year. If it was a charter boat I'd have to question the captain's judgement for getting into a capsize situation. If it was a sailboat i'd have to question the boaters for not being wary and prepared.
  At least one answer in the article
  Posted by: Celia on Jun-02-14 11:06 AM (EST)
-- Last Updated: Jun-02-14 11:09 AM EST --

"The four were headed from New Buffalo, Michigan, when they ended up in the 60-degree water about 7 miles offshore of Chicago, where they were going, the Coast Guard said."

Earlier story on this, over the weekend, suggests a group of friends. One story indicated that the boat had caught on fire, hence the lack of a distress signal because the system might have fried, but the survivor has not been in shape to give a fully reliable account of things. And yes, a motor boat. (pleasure boat in another article) The boat dropped off two passengers somewhere before the capsize.
Here's an earlier article:

  Posted by: slushpaddler on Jun-02-14 11:31 AM (EST)
Regarding the course, it sould have been a 45 mile open water crossing, which deepnding on conditions and boat size, may not have been the best decision. OTOH sometimes accidents happen despite our best preparation.

In any case it's a reminder of the fact that it doesn't take 35-degree water to kill.
  Hang out in 72 degree water
  Posted by: jackL on Jun-02-14 12:40 PM (EST)
in the Florida springs, without a wet suit, and you'll be surprised at how quick the hypothermia sets in.

Jack L
  Thing is, don't just hang, swim.
  Posted by: ezwater on Jun-03-14 2:57 AM (EST)
As a scrawny kid, I often accepted 72 degrees or so as the best I could get. But I was active enough that my muscles generated enough heat.
  It doesn't work that way in water...
  Posted by: BNystrom on Jun-03-14 6:52 AM (EST) least not for long. The more you move, the more heat is carried away from your body and the faster you succumb to hypothermia. That's why standard survival practice in cold water is to ball up and try to minimize your surface area and water movement around your body.


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