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The precautions Bump mentions are right on. In Lake Michigan a few years ago, a father and two daughters went missing. Their sailboat was found with sails down and with lifepreservers in the cockpit. At least one of the daughters' bodies was found several months later. The authorities surmised they jump in for a swim and the boat drifted away faster than they could swim. It was really sad.
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