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Old 12-02-2023, 08:19 AM   #1
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Exclamation NH-DoT rescues drowning jet-skier, Alton-Lake Winnipesaukee

Nov 30, Thursday morning, somewhere in Alton NH, Rt-11, on Lake Winnipesaukee, a jet-skier without a pfd comes close to drowning the cold water after his jet-ski sinks. A nearby NH-DoT crew hears his screams and paddles out to his rescue in a borrowed kayak and canoe that was stored on shore, somewhere.

http://www.wmur.com/article/alton-ne...scued/46014220 ...... NH-DoT saves a drowning in Alton, NH ...... no pfd is not too smart

I think that people tend to hit the panic button when first hitting the cold water which makes their drowning situation, much worse. Just cover your mouth, don't inhale any water, don't panic in the icy cold water. The first two minutes are the worst. If you survive the first two minutes, you can swim to safety for another 15-minutes even in 34-degree water.
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Old 12-02-2023, 08:40 AM   #2
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Default Jet Skiier Rescued near Sandy Point

Jet Skiier rescued
https://www.wmur.com/article/alton-n...scued/46014220
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Old 12-02-2023, 08:43 AM   #3
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Send him a bill for saving him from himself, you can't fix stupid!
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"...the man who was allegedly not wearing a life vest."

There really aren't many dumber decisions than this.

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Registration for the boat would be considered the same as carrying a HikeSafe card... they generally will not bill. They would generally right a ticket for violations.
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Registration for the boat would be considered the same as carrying a HikeSafe card... they generally will not bill. They would generally right a ticket for violations.
States have charged hikers in the past for recovery services, not sure about NH. If you're snowmobile goes through the ice in winter you are charged for recovery. I don't think a registration will free you from a fee.
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NH has a HikeSafe card. With it the chance of being charged goes way down - pretty much to zero - because you are contributing to the F&G SAR Fund.

Snowmobile through the ice is a private recovery... and not considered in the same manner. It would be like the jet ski sinking - private recovery would be the outcome.

He is lucky that it was DOT, had they called the local Fire Department, his insurance would get a bill.
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I've always thought that if I ran my sled on the ice, I'd get one of FLL's noodles and 200' of parachute cord and attach it to the sled for automatic release. That should make recovery easy and avoid the cost of hiring a diver to find and retrieve my sled. Never really thought about it, but in the summer, I wear a self-inflating Type 5 PFD. That would easily fit over most any snowmobile suit or other garb.
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Surprise, surprise, you will be surprised to learn this about inflatable PFD's and jet-skis.

Doesn't the Coast Guard say something like "Inflatable PFDs are approved only for people 16 and older, and they are not to be worn on personal watercraft (PWC) or while water-skiing."

So an inflatable PFD is not approved by the Coast Guard for jet-skis and waterskiers and people under age-16 on any boat in the United States of America. Their Coast Guard reasoning is because an inflatable pfd is much more likely to get discombobled or ripped off when falling off a jet-ski or a waterski than is a standard foam pfd.
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It isn't hard to find something through the ice... or even to float it.
The hard part is the actual retrieval.

The ice around the hole is many times unstable, and the breakthrough makes it so much more unstable.
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It looks like the locals, with the kayak and canoe, were the one's that saved him. Kudos to the DOT for making sure the ambulance was there.
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So he is still getting an ambulance bill.
Sort of a costly day out.
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Default One lucky dude….

Anyone pulling such a knuckle headed trick should be overwhelmed with gratitude for having been rescued and being alive….and should probably not complain about receiving ambulance bills or any other bills pertaining to that incident!
After thanking his rescuers, he should probably buy a fat lottery ticket! He is one lucky dude.
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It isn't hard to find something through the ice... or even to float it.
The hard part is the actual retrieval.

The ice around the hole is many times unstable, and the breakthrough makes it so much more unstable.
Ice holes?



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