Drama at Lone Lake Today

Jiminsandiego

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Slightly off topic..but.. A whistle attached to you (wearing a PFD or not) is something to consider. If I hear a whistle, I'm going to check it out and move in to help. Never underestimate the value of a PFD. But if other people are in the area, a cheap, plastic whistle can be even more valuable. PFDs are great. But summoning help is often needed, even when you have the best PFD money can buy.
 
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Zak

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Apologies in advance to Lone Lakers for showing up later today with a friend and our combined five kids in tow, most of whom will probably be yelling to/splashing each other from various small watercraft. I'll be in a green rowing dory as part of the flotilla.
 

LilCutts

fish & whistle
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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.
Good lord! I have never trusted those PFDs but this is a good reminder. I nearly went to Lone today but thought it was too windy. Thank you for helping out.
 

LilCutts

fish & whistle
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Good on ya. There are generally 2 types of people in this world. When shit hits the fan some people run towards the problem and others run away.

I have been warning my neighbors to wear PFDs when they go out in a canoe or kayak since we live on a lake. Hopefully I don’t have to anymore because they all capsized and the six of them barely made it back. And of course they were drunk.

Water temp was low forties. The kayak capsized attempting to make a sharp turn, then someone tried to pull him in the canoe (???!!!!!?). One kid wouldn’t let go of his kayak; one flailed in panic and tried to drown the next guy who claimed he was too tired to swim; two swam the wrong way, and one made it to shore on his own steam. These guys were wearing sweatpants, sweatshirts and boots. Luckily we had a rope and people that jumped right in. They were all hypothermic.

I guess for some it takes nearly drowning to learn to fear and respect the water. It did for me.
 
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Dustin Bise

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i see people in whitewater all the time with them and i just think... how ya gonna pull that cord when your no helmet wearing head is knocked out by a rock.
 

Dr. Magill

Active Member
A Fox 40 or double Fox 40 is the whistle I would recommend
Just don’t blow what might be your last breath through the whistle
Hold on to that one
 

Krusty

Outta Here
There are many comfortable excellent fishing PFD's available that don't depend upon remembering to locate and pull a ripcord or an automatic mechanism to function. I can personally assure you that the shock of sudden immersion will likely addle anybody's mind. It's difficult to think clearly during a WTF!!! moment.

Habitual PFD wearing is just not that difficult, and will be further reinforced if the fishing PFD is also used for keeping the essential tools of flyfishing immediately at hand....things like forceps, nippers, tippet spools, fly floatant etc. It simply becomes a fishing vest that can save your life.
 

LilCutts

fish & whistle
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There are many comfortable excellent fishing PFD's available that don't depend upon remembering to locate and pull a ripcord or an automatic mechanism to function. I can personally assure you that the shock of sudden immersion will likely addle anybody's mind. It's difficult to think clearly during a WTF!!! moment.

Habitual PFD wearing is just not that difficult, and will be further reinforced if the fishing PFD is also used for keeping the essential tools of flyfishing immediately at hand....things like forceps, nippers, tippet spools, fly floatant etc. It simply becomes a fishing vest that can save your life.
Honestly.
 

Dustin Bise

reformed hot-spotter
ive never been a fan of inflatable life jackets. i just dont get it, a proper fishing life jacket from astral or the like is super light and comfortable to wear all day even in the heat. the things people will risk for (life) for such a small advantage (still not sure what the advantage of the inflatable pfds is) just boggles my mind.

im glad the guy was ok, and good for you for helping. if hypothermia is a risk, strip em naked and get something dry around them, manners and modesty can be discussed afterwards.
 

Dustin Bise

reformed hot-spotter
Habitual PFD wearing is just not that difficult, and will be further reinforced if the fishing PFD is also used for keeping the essential tools of flyfishing immediately at hand....things like forceps, nippers, tippet spools, fly floatant etc. It simply becomes a fishing vest that can save your life.
this is so true.
 

LilCutts

fish & whistle
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ive never been a fan of inflatable life jackets. i just dont get it, a proper fishing life jacket from astral or the like is super light and comfortable to wear all day even in the heat. the things people will risk for (life) for such a small advantage (still not sure what the advantage of the inflatable pfds is) just boggles my mind.

im glad the guy was ok, and good for you for helping. if hypothermia is a risk, strip em naked and get something dry around them, manners and modesty can be discussed afterwards.
I had to do this after getting thrown from a boat on the Sauk. Three boats full of dudes and me stripping like a streamer. Modesty went by the wayside (I could not have cared less) and the boys all had manners anyway. ALWAYS bring a dry pair of clothes in your car when you fish and DO NOT FORGET to bring a pair of nice, dry, comfy socks. :)
 
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