- Nov 2, 2005
And again, it's difficult to impossible to know if this would have made any difference to the outcome in this particular case, but it's an argument for having your VHF/PLB on your person in a PFD pocket or shoulder holster rather than tucked in a "glove compartment" forward deck hatch or in a Pelican minicase under the bungies.In high winds, an empty kayak will travel a lot faster than a floating person, or a kayak attached to a floating person.It would be a mistake to assume that the victim would have reached shore in 45 minutes.
I agree. Depending on the way your towline is set up (waistbelt, on PFD front) it may be possible to clip the end of that to a deckline, if the contact towline is out of reach.It does make a case for having a contact towline available so in the event one is unable to re-enter (due to skill, conditions, or injury) one could at least stay with the boat after fatigue and cold makes it impossible to hold on.
We're getting off-topic here, sorry for starting that...I'm having trouble visualizing this John. A piece of shockcord that loops through the skirt release webbing or ? And with a biner or no?
That's a very short time to die of hypothermia [assuming he was still in the boat at time of call] . . . although drowning was named as an additional cause of death.
I don't think this has been established. He could have been floating, becoming increasingly hypothermic, for hours.at the most, he was in the water 83 minutes [likely less] . . .
So obviously the best situation would have been not to swim in the first place. Second best would have been to be able to get the boat upright and back in it on your own, so you were at lest partially out of the water while waiting for help. (And, ideally, wearing some kind of immersion protection in either case.)I don't take such a fatalistic view of the situation given the same skill:
1) given the same skill, if he was tethered - there may have been a possibility of rescue.2) given the same skill, if he had given coordinates - there may have been the possibility of rescue.3) given the same skill, if he could have hung on - there may have been the possibility of rescue.
at the most, he was in the water 83 minutes [likely less] . . . will you positively be dead in 83 minutes or be severely hypothermic but still alive. Are those rules, rules? or variables?
or . . . if you are in the glue, do you give up or do you play for time