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Topic Review (Newest First)
08-08-2010 06:51 AM
sailingdog The water was 65˚ and it is a miracle than any of them made it. Hopefully, the two survivors have learned something from this...
08-08-2010 04:19 AM
PicassoIII Official reports say no alcohol. Although one news source mentioned cannabis found on the boat. Anchor, swim line, preservers, person staying with the boat ... any of these could have made the difference.
*shakes head*
The guy they've recovered was an experienced sailor. I'd bet he'd never dream of taking off his harness runnin' the Mac. Seems like familiarity caused some overconfidence.
Survivor Of Boating Accident Says 'I Wasn't Ready To Die' - cbs2chicago.com
08-06-2010 04:11 PM
JohnRPollard
merged threads

[Folks, we had two concurrent threads running on this subject, so I combined them.]
08-06-2010 03:44 PM
sawingknots i hate to hear of incidents like this,my motto is try to keep myself in the boat and the water out.a life or death situation is only one bad decision away
08-06-2010 02:00 PM
cormeum Letting everyone go swimming at the same time is a big mistake. I'll bet they were drinking too.
08-06-2010 01:31 PM
dhays When I was a kid 'sailing' with my Dad on a hot day with no wind, I suggested that I jump in for a swim. He told me that if the wind picked up even a little, I wouldn't be able to swim fast enough to catch the boat even with bare poles. We were in a 21 ft swing keel at the time.

I had the advantage of growing up sailing since I was 5 years old with parents who were both excellent sailors. I learned a lot from their instruction and experience. If I hadn't had that experience, and I was out on a boat on a lovely, hot and humid night on the great lakes with a couple of attractive females and a few beers in me, I can imagine that I would have thought it was a great idea to suggest that we all shed our clothes and have a quick swim.

Here are some guesses. The victims were young. They were drinking. The only reason the women survived is that they would most likely have had a higher body fat % and may have been able to avoid hypothermia longer than the men. The women also likely had a lower alcohol blood level than the men.

Dave
08-06-2010 12:36 PM
CapTim taken from another thread, here's a news story:
One Dead, 2 Rescued In Lake Michigan Mishap - cbs2chicago.com

My nomination for most ironic part of the story: the "Editors Pick" at the bottom was for another of the newspapers articles, 'Top 10 Smartest and Dumbest Dog Breeds'.

Also, that's a shame. Never good to read about an accident.. even an avoidable one.
08-06-2010 12:11 PM
jjablonowski
2 a.m. swim proves deadly

One Dead, 2 Rescued In Lake Michigan Mishap - cbs2chicago.com
08-06-2010 11:04 AM
emoney It is sad, because any way you cut it, somebody lost a son; and maybe a
father or a brother or an uncle or a nephew and most definitely a friend.
Unless you're spending time in a padded room in a controlled environment,
alcholol can cause life choices that result in ultimate punishment.
We should always have our guards up.
08-06-2010 10:52 AM
rockDAWG I feel sad for the family and wishing they find comfort somehow. But no doubt, this will happen again in other place and in other time.

Life goes on.
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