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Old 07-08-2019, 02:51 AM   #1
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Default Another Watercraft found afloat on Winni

Early Morning Saturday (7/6/2019) I found an unoccupied paddle boat floating on the lake.

Disturbingly about 200 yards or so from the empty boat I found an unoccupied life jacket floating in the water

I retrieved it and made it secure and towed it into center harbor after checking to see if anyone was in distress before leaving the area.

It has been reported to Marine Patrol. Special thanks to Gregg (town employee) at the Center Harbor launch for helping me get the boat on land and reporting the incident to Marine Patrol.

Thank you also to the fella launching his boat who had the patience to wait a few moments for us to haul the boat out.

If it is your boat you might have to call Marine Patrol to identify it.
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Old 07-08-2019, 08:59 AM   #2
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Amazing to me that many (most?) SUP users do not wear life vests. You're alone on an unstable platform, often far from shore, it's a busy lake, and when you fall in, you are literally falling.
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Old 07-08-2019, 03:12 PM   #3
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Depending how you fall, is possible to get smacked upside your head on the board, or on a rock, a dock, any nearby hard object like a mooring float or even a shallow sandy bottom. Paddle boarding .....is fun water exercise .... can be a head knocker.

If paddle boarders don't want to wear a pfd because it is too hot and bulky on a hot day, it is required to have a pfd and a whistle on board, so one can do that and wear a home made foam noodle belt which is less bulky and actually works a lot better for swimming than a pfd.
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Old 07-08-2019, 03:32 PM   #4
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Depending how you fall, is possible to get smacked upside your head on the board, or on a rock, a dock, any nearby hard object or a shallow sandy bottom.

If paddle boarders don't want to wear a pfd because it is too hot and bulky, it is required to have a pfd and a whistle on board, so one can do that and wear a home made foam noodle belt which is less bulky and actually works a lot better for swimming than a pfd.

You mean something like the old ski-belt type of pfd's from years ago. That's awesome ............ you know the ones that would slip below your waist and hold your legs up and your head down and drown you.

A foam noddle is no substitute for a real pfd properly sized for the user. Maybe it's just me but these clown posts really emphasize how important it is to graduate middle school. You know that place don't you? The place where you told your first fart joke and everyone laughed like hell. Grow up and act like an adult. Post something meaningful and helpful when it comes to stuff like this. It could save a young persons life, or anyone's life for that matter
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Actually, a home made foam noodle belt made with a single 94-cent noodle and a better quality 5/16" line is a serious good swimmer's belt and would go a long way to keeping one afloat and alive in cool 50-70 degree water temps, or if partially drunk, or stunned by a head smack.

People have different buoyancy and comfort levels in water over their head. For example, swimming 100-yards in 60-degree water with no flotation is a drowning situation for many people.
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Actually, a home made foam noodle belt made with a single 94-cent noodle and a better quality 5/16" line is a serious good swimmer's belt and would go a long way to keeping one afloat and alive in cool 50-70 degree water temps, or if partially drunk, or stunned by a head smack.

People have different buoyancy and comfort levels in water over their head. For example, swimming 100-yards in 60-degree water with no flotation is a drowning situation for many people.
Putting any confidence in a foam noodle is also likely to result in a drowning situation too. However if it saves you a buck or two it's so worth it.
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Putting any confidence in a foam noodle is also likely to result in a drowning situation too. However if it saves you a buck or two it's so worth it.
If a PFD is required, adding a noodle is an excess expense, not a savings.
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