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A Sea (Lake) Survival Story

Posted: Tue Oct 27, 2020 6:35 pm
by Hoosier
The below account of an amazing survival was recently sent to the small group of us Continuous Wavers who have actually been in these waters. There are trip reports from our adventures on Lake Superior. None of us want to claim this trophy: ... shore.html

Re: A Sea (Lake) Survival Story

Posted: Wed Oct 28, 2020 7:00 am
by Don SSDD
Hard to believe the story he tells. I’ve had SAR training and hypothermia is not avoidable, complete immersion in 45 F water means your body cools down at a set pace. The only factor that slows hypothermia down to any degree is high body fat which insulates your core. High body fat usually translates into requiring a huge amount of effort and muscle power to swim 5 miles.

There are good training videos on YouTube showing the effects of hypothermia on people swimming, I think you’ll find one done by coast guard with younger people in very good physical condition.

Re: A Sea (Lake) Survival Story

Posted: Wed Oct 28, 2020 7:57 am
by jimh
The most ironic element of the story: after getting ashore and knocking on a door for help, the home owners wouldn’t let the guy in because they thought his explanation for how he got there was not plausible.