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#7032447 - 01/10/18 07:23 AM Good Info for Cold Water
WreakinHavoc Offline

Registered: 09/06/17
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I seen this on a fishing forum and with the few incidents we have had lately and cold water, Everyone should take the 2 minutes to read it...

Guys in light of what happened last week in Florida and some misinformation that is out on being in cold water we are going to republish an article I wrote back in 2004 after doing significant research on cold water exposure and hypothermia. We will hopefully get that back up in the next week and I will get a link up to it at that time. But in the mean time, two things to know and remember with water temp in Texas right now ranges in the 40's to low 50's (49.6 when I left Toledo Sunday afternoon). In that kind of water temp you are 30-60 minutes from exhaustion and/or unconsciousness. Your expected time of survival in the water is 1-3 hours, so first thing to know, fast action is incredibly important, as your body starts to protect it's organs you will get less and less blood flow and therefore oxygen to your brain, you will pretty quickly become foggy and lose the ability to think clearly. Second, and what really shocked me in my research, is that swimming causes you to lose body heat 35-50% faster, so if you are in the "HELP" position, or huddled with others, you could survive up to 4 hours in 50 degree water, if you are swimming or treading water that drops to about 2 hours. Always wear flotation when moving, and if by yourself smart to when you are fishing as well. You survive floating in a vest way longer than swimming or treading water. And know what the HELP position (Heat Escape Lessening Position) is, which is positioned basically in the fetal position, head out of the water, legs pulled up, crossed and held up against the groin with your arms up and folded closely across your chest. The whole idea, with the HELP position or huddling with others, is to reduce the amount of body surface exposure to the water as possible as your body loses heat 30 times faster in the water that in the air. Again we will get the whole article up on the Inside Line Website soon.

#7032486 - 01/10/18 07:52 AM Re: Good Info for Cold Water [Re: WreakinHavoc]
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Good information; thanks for sharing!

#7032529 - 01/10/18 08:17 AM Re: Good Info for Cold Water [Re: WreakinHavoc]
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Thx really good info, would like to know what kind of science is behind the info. Thatís why I wear 5mm neoprene waders with wader belt, synthetic clothes, insulated life vest... will allow you to survive the longest vs no waders. Have water proof phone handy and call 911 if your boat goes down.

Iím also looking into those float jackets.

#7032961 - 01/10/18 12:04 PM Re: Good Info for Cold Water [Re: WreakinHavoc]
WreakinHavoc Offline

Registered: 09/06/17
Posts: 148
here is the link to the post...there is a bunch of good information on the subject.


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