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(WCAX Vermont)   Hypothermia almost kills four boaters who may or may not have been in the water and may or may not have been able to swim 100 yards in August   ( divider line
    More: Asinine, Burlington, Lake Champlain, University of Vermont  
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6084 clicks; posted to Main » on 19 Aug 2013 at 11:47 AM (3 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2013-08-19 12:01:51 PM  
3 votes:
NOAA says the water temp for Lake Champlain is around 70 degrees give or take a few.  If you can't swim 100yds in that to save your life, you shouldn't be out there.  Under ideal conditions I can swim that in less than 2 minutes.  So even if I'm swimming ridiculously slow, I should be able to do it in under 5.  Probably not going to die in 5 mins of 70 degree water.
2013-08-19 11:52:41 AM  
2 votes:
No doctor but even I know even "warm" water can cause hypothermia.
2013-08-19 09:06:36 PM  
1 vote:
Boloxor the Insipid:   For example, you are wearing tennis shoes and jeans.  Swimming in these when you are not expecting to can lead to panic and exhaustion.

Only if you're a total dumbass.
Removing the shoes could be done in a single breath.
Depending on how tight the jeans are, they could be an issue. but if you can't swim 100 yards in jeans, then you're a dumbass if you aren't wearing a PFD anytime you're on the water
2013-08-19 04:40:58 PM  
1 vote:
All these armchair swimmers talking trash.  The situation of a boating accident is different in reality than how you imagine.  This is exactly why people drown!  You think you can swim 100 yards any day of the week, but its not so!  When you end up in the water unexpectedly many small things go wrong that you just never thought about.  For example, you are wearing tennis shoes and jeans.  Swimming in these when you are not expecting to can lead to panic and exhaustion.

Instead, the the take away from this story is that anybody can drown in a little water close to shore so you should always have a life-vest on when in a boat. ALWAYS. Don't find out the hard way that your estimations are wrong.
2013-08-19 12:31:18 PM  
1 vote:
Where I live, the water gets up to 51F in the summer.  I don't care what your charts say, you're not going to make it in water that temperature.  Our local coast guard has at least one rescue a year, tourists thinking they "can swim that far".  One of my friends is a widow because her hubby (ex?) wasn't wearing a PFD.  He laughed, his friends didn't, and that's why they lived and he did not.

If you aren't wearing a drysuit (or a 7+7mm wetsuit), yes, even when it's getting to 90F outside, you're not going in the water.  A common sight on a hot day is a full beach and an empty ocean.

I've lived around cold water my whole life.  It was fun to get some tropical water diving, although I did get nervous going in the first time.  (It was just 35 years of conditioning "if you wear THAT in the water, you're going to die.")
2013-08-19 12:11:18 PM  
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2013-08-19 12:10:45 PM  
1 vote:
If you can't swim and you're in boat I've got no sympathy for you.
2013-08-19 11:53:50 AM  
1 vote:
I guess subby isn't aware that northern deep waters is never warm enough for swimming.  It is better to wait for them to freeze over and just walk across, if fresh water of course.
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