Will you be prepared?
Article submitted on 2016-12-02 by: Dave Swanson
During and after my career in Law Enforcement, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard about waterfowlers falling into the water; sometimes with a Personal Flotation Device ( PFD ) on and other times not.
Most dunkings end with a cold, embarrassed hunter lugging frozen gear, if it be found, back to the vehicle, ending what was a good hunt. Other times is doesn’t end this well and can unfortunately end in fatalities.
Surviving hunters find how quickly the water can chill the body and rob any energy left after getting out. It’s an experience soon not forgotten.
Today’s outdoors recreationalists have no excuses for not wearing a PFDs when using the waterways.
They not only come in deer hunter orange but various shades of camo and solid colors. They can blend in with any blind or layout boat. Some are even designed less bulky to allow for clear mounting a shotgun for smoother action. The low profile inflatables are hardly noticed when wearing.
A PFD not only protects the wearer from sinking down, but will float an unconscious person and protect against trauma, such as a fall in or against the boat. The PFD also serves as an insulating layer.
In the accompanying photo you will see the PFD, left in a hold, not worn, laying next to an anchor. Get the message? Left behind, under the hold the the PFD is as useless holding on to the anchor next to it.
With the season coming to a close soon, don’t underestimate the water temp or weather. Pad your survivability, wear that PFD.
Believe me, the last duty a first responder wants to do is informing a family that they just lost a love one.
Please don’t end up a statistic. Wear your PFD.