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Dying for Crappie...Literally #5668183
01/03/11 04:38 AM
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This is the first post after my near death experience today. I am very glad to be sending this. Nearly six and half hours ago, I fell out of my boat while running across the lake at 30mph. I was not wearing a life jacket, didn't have my kill switch attached and was around 250 yards from shore in 48 degree water. No hope for swimming the entire distance in water this cold, though I tried! I will spare you the details, but if another boat had not picked me up 10 minutes later I would have died within another few minutes. It was very surreal. Being in water this cold and finally resigning yourself to the fact you will be dead in 5 minutes is very surreal.

Another boat saw my boat doing circles and looked around until they found me. I suffered from severe hypothermia and hypovolaemic shock by the time medics met my rescuers at the dock. My core temp was 88 and there was no circulation in my arms or legs. It took the hospital 3 hours to bring my temperature back to normal. I was just released.

Of course, I could have prevented this, but some clear thinking after the plunge saved me. As soon as I hit the water, I swam away from the boat and looked around. I understood I was in the best position phyiscally and mentally I would be in and needed to make a decision while I could still think. I knew which direction to swim to get to the shallowest area. I began swimming and after 5 minutes I couldn't swim any longer. I lost all feeling in my body and could no longer manage. I kicked with what I had left until I started to go under. My feet settled to the bottom! I stood there for 5 minutes with my face out of the water, staring at the sky.

By this time, I was having trouble standing and knew before long, I would slip under. I couldn't help it. I calmed myself so my last moments wouldn't be panicked. I didn't want to die scared.

The moral of this story is to always where your life jacket when you are alone, especially in the winter. When running, always attach the kill switch. These two things would have prevented this. Be careful out there.


Pope
Re: Dying for Crappie...Literally [Re: Pope1] #5668229
01/03/11 04:53 AM
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Wow. Thank God you made it out alive!


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Re: Dying for Crappie...Literally [Re: Pope1] #5668232
01/03/11 04:54 AM
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I'm glad you lived to tell the tale. Life jackets and kill switches save lives.

Re: Dying for Crappie...Literally [Re: Pope1] #5668236
01/03/11 04:55 AM
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Glad to hear you made it buddy!!!.

Re: Dying for Crappie...Literally [Re: u-luckydawg] #5668261
01/03/11 05:01 AM
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Very glad you made it out. But, how did you fall out of the boat?


You should'a been here yesterday.



Re: Dying for Crappie...Literally [Re: Bluetick] #5668286
01/03/11 05:10 AM
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Glad you are alright.

Re: Dying for Crappie...Literally [Re: Bluetick] #5668293
01/03/11 05:13 AM
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Thanks everyone. I had collected six Christmas trees from the neighborhood and was dropping them off for later use. Once I took off for the ramp, my back was tight. I leaned back to stretch. The boat was fully trimmed and as soon as I took my hands from the wheel it turned on a dime. I flipped right out and was in the water instantly. I knew I was in some serious trouble.


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Re: Dying for Crappie...Literally [Re: Pope1] #5668306
01/03/11 05:17 AM
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By the way. If anyone sees a post about picking me up today, let me know. I have no idea who it was who helped me. I was so out of it I can't remember.


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Re: Dying for Crappie...Literally [Re: Pope1] #5668315
01/03/11 05:20 AM
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Man that's scary stuff. Thank the lord for the guys that helped you out.


You should'a been here yesterday.



Re: Dying for Crappie...Literally [Re: Bluetick] #5668332
01/03/11 05:38 AM
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eek2 Glad to hear you are Ok.

Re: Dying for Crappie...Literally [Re: Viktor-7] #5668345
01/03/11 05:49 AM
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Glad you are doing ok. Been thinking of a wet suit for winter fishing. Even if you have a life jacket and a kill switch if you fall into the cold water you may not make it. For this reason I find it a tough decision to fish alone in winter.

Re: Dying for Crappie...Literally [Re: Viktor-7] #5668347
01/03/11 05:50 AM
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Praise the lord your ok.


Re: Dying for Crappie...Literally [Re: CRAPPIEboy33] #5668419
01/03/11 08:06 AM
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Originally Posted By: CRAPPIEboy33
Praise the lord your ok.




Plus #1.




IGFA World Record Rio Grande Cichlid. Lake Dunlap.

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Re: Dying for Crappie...Literally [Re: banker-always fishing] #5668499
01/03/11 11:25 AM
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Pope, your experience was exactly what my post a week or so ago was about. Thank God you made it through the ordeal.

Here it is again http://texasfishingforum.com/forums/ubbt...are#Post5626156


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Re: Dying for Crappie...Literally [Re: The Crappie Guy] #5668523
01/03/11 12:10 PM
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Glad your OK. Very scary ordeal.

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