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Re: Cold water kills

People capsize in these waters and the cold water is the killer. Happens every year.

Absolutely. Cold water shock hits and some people never come to the surface, of those who do, they lose the ability to help themselves within a few minutes. Without a life jacket, you have maybe 10 minutes before your muscles fail and you can no longer keep your head above water.

With a life jacket on, you have about an hour before hypothermia sets in. That is a lot of time to effect a rescue.

Spring and fall are the most likely times for paddling deaths, the air can be warm and nice, while the water is cold. People find life jackets uncomfortable and don't believe they are going to go in the water. One simple mistake on the water and they are in deep trouble.

It is rare that the Coast Guard finds victims wearing life jackets.

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