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Old 07-18-2013
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Re: Do you wear a life jacket?

Originally Posted by Minnesail View Post
I generally do wear a PFD so I'm just playing devil's advocate here, but…

We have the data that 89% of drowning victims were not wearing a PFD and presumably 11% were. But to put that in context we need to know the overall level of PFD usage. For example, if only 11% of people routinely wear a PFD, then the fact that 11% of drowning victims were wearing a PFD would indicate that PFDs have no effect on survival rate.
Getting data on those who were saved while wearing a PFD after falling overboard would be a definitive data point. That might be hard data to come by.

I read it as 11% died while still wearing a PFD.
Hypothermia got 'em is my "guess".
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