Drama at Lone Lake Today

Lance Magnuson

WFF Supporter
This morning I was watching bobbers anchored off the boat launch at Lone Lake. Suddenly, a gentleman launching his pram fell over board 10ft from shore and was desperately hanging onto the side of the boat trying to keep his head out of the water.

I pulled anchors and lines to rush over with other anglers in boats doing the same thing. We got the boat with him still hanging on next to shore when someone waded in to grab this guy and drag him on to shore.

Someone called 911 and within minutes an aid car was on site to assist. They got him on a litter and we able to get him into the back of the aid car to remove his wet clothes. The water temp this morning was 45 degrees and I think his complete dunking knocked the air out of him.

He had a life jacket but it was the type requiring pulling a cord to deploy. He was too busy holding on to boat to complete this action. I also think the shock of cold water addled his actions.

He recovered and was given the all clear from the EMT’s. We helped loading his equipment and boat into his truck. He left under his own power.

It was scary and if he was on his own, this could have had a tragic outcome. I hope he considers buying a different style of life jacket. They don’t work if you can’t inflate them.
 

Steve Birrer

Active Member
No PFD works if you aren't wearing it. So when I am on my skiff I am wearing my inflatable when running. If shit happens hopefully I will be aware enough to pull the rip cord. I may or may not get that done. However, I am positive if shit happens and some superb PFD is in a locker I am screwed.
 

High&NeverDry

Active Member
Well done!! Just another reminder that accidents can happen anywhere anytime, always be alert and aware....You wont always have an @Hookset or others to help you!!
 

GOTY

9x Puget Sound Steelhead Guide of the Year
Good on you for saving them.

Nice reminder that even a small lake can be dangerous.
 

bchapman

Active Member
No PFD works if you aren't wearing it. So when I am on my skiff I am wearing my inflatable when running. If shit happens hopefully I will be aware enough to pull the rip cord. I may or may not get that done. However, I am positive if shit happens and some superb PFD is in a locker I am screwed.
I moved to an auto inflate entirely because I have no idea which side the ripcord is on. I am 100% sure that hypothermia or a head injury would have me clawing at the wrong side... probably find me drowned with a hole in my shirt.

I was forced to promise my wife and daughter that I would never go on the boat without one - I’m happy to have done so.

Its not worth not wearing it, no matter how hot or bulky.
 

dp

~El Pescador
great job stepping up to help with the situation.
glad of the outcome as well.
 

Bonsai

Jerry
I raced sailboats for many years and did a lot of safety work with small boats over the years. I almost always have my PFD on. I have never had any faith in the auto-inflate or rip cord style PFD's.
 

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