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?
At least one answer in the article|
Posted by: Celia on Jun-02-14 11:06 AM (EST)
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.
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.
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)
...at 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.