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Old 09-27-2008
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Have only been on a boat in the ocean twice. But we do have rivers and lakes here, and as a river guide, I have achieved a measure of skill at hauling people into rafts in white water. I have had to pull some people in while in some horrific waves. One guy weighed over 300, and I only weigh 150. I think one part of the equation is the timing of the wave. And we "bounce" the person , on the third bounce....heave. Also, important to pull by PFD shoulders, with the patients arms down so PFD doesn't come off. But now I will sail a little differently after reading some of these stories. Ok, so we got them in the boat. What now? I had all the training year after year, and knew the protocols. What I wasn't prepared for was the day I witnessed a drowning right in front of me, and I experienced the absolute terror of pulling up a blue, unresponsive, person. Take my word for it...fear is a factor. The training pays off though ,as I was able to get him in the raft and "air him up" and after 5 minutes with no resperations, and ten minutes of rescue breathing, he revived and was handed off to EMS. One last thought...They are not dead 'till they are warm and dead.
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