Safety & Seamanship

PS tech editor Drew Frye enjoys some light reading during drysuit testing.

Cold Water Survival

The first few seconds can be the most dangerous.

When we read about a sailor lost overboard in the storm, we think about PFDs and personal locator beacons, and accept the sea is unforgiving. When we read of novice boaters drowning in a local lake, we’re sad, but say that will not happen us because we wear PFDs. But when we read of a PFD-equipped sailor falling overboard and dying within minutes it’s a real eye-opener.

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