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Another Possible Drowning

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I agree old plug. I am becoming more conscious of that as well. I started wearing one those inflatables, even while fishing in cold water...  As we all know, even if your a good swimmer. That cold water will drain you quick...

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Thumbs, you're so right about "too often".  Since we moved here in 2014, I'm amazed by the number of drownings on Beaver. It's not that busy compared to many other waters. I'm thinking our blessing of being able to fish all year has something to do with it. If I recall, most of the incidents happen in the cold water season. You guys have convinced me that the inflatable stays on. I fish alone most of the time and I always ask the BIG GUY for a safe trip, not biting fish. Happy 1st Day of Spring!

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Sad... I don't know the details on this BUT...

wear a life jacket.  It is a cheap and highly successful insurance policy.  

A few summers ago there were quite a few drownings at Beaver... I almost never wore a life jacket in the boat before then.  Heard one of the rescue guys on the news say he had never had to recover a body that was wearing a life jacket.  Went out an bought one that weekend and wear it all the time now.  

It isn't just a cold-water deal either:  if you fall out of the boat and hit your head on something and are incapacitated for some time you can and will drown- even if the water is 90 degrees.  

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