A Sea (Lake) Survival Story

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A Sea (Lake) Survival Story

Postby Hoosier » Tue Oct 27, 2020 6:35 pm

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:

https://www.mlive.com/news/2020/10/21-y ... shore.html
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Re: A Sea (Lake) Survival Story

Postby Don SSDD » Wed Oct 28, 2020 7:00 am

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.
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Re: A Sea (Lake) Survival Story

Postby jimh » Wed Oct 28, 2020 7:57 am

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.