Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: New Mexico, USA (Heron, Elephant Butte lakes); Arizona (Lake Pleasant)
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Re: Please wear your PFD's
Yes, you can drown that quickly, depending upon factors such as medical history, water temperature, fatigue, disorientation, etc. Persons without life preservers can lose the ability to swim in cold water within minutes, long before hypothermia can develop fully. I lost a friend who fell overboard from another friend's boat when we were about a thousand feet away; after about 30 seconds to a minute our friend slipped below the water and disappeared; his body was recovered 21 days later -- a week after the memorial service. His inflatable was in his sailing gear bag. RIP Marty, 1 May 2010.