When the unfortunate happens, and you flip in cold water, the clock starts to tick. the temperature begins to draw feeling and physical ability away from your body. The outcome can prove to be a minor inconvenience or life-threatening situation. Which, largely depends on the choices you’ve made and the skills you possess. Did you dress appropriately? Are you wearing a PFD? Are you able to perform a self-rescue? Can you access a communication device? If your answer to these questions is no, then a flip in cold water can turn deadly fast.
Angler and author John Skinner reviews this video sent by one of his YouTube subscribers, of such an incident. The angler in the video understands all the mistakes they made looking back in retrospect, and provided Skinner with the video for educational purposes. Skinner breaks down the incident and the choices the kayak angler made. This includes wearing waders in rolling swell, and not having on a PFD.
The video serves a dish of cold hard truth as to how dangerous a flip in cold water can be without safety precautions. We are happy to know the angler learned from the incident, and lived to fish another day.