Under no circumstances jump in the water to try to retrieve them there are too many risks associated with entering the cold water.
Fishing during April and May in many parts of the Great Lakes means that we are fishing in water that is in the high 30s to low 40s.
This is a very dangerous and potentially deadly time of year, especially if something goes wrong and we end up in the water.
No matter how quickly you shutdown the motors the boat will likely still be moving away from the victim.
Someone must keep their eyes on the victim at all times and never take them off.
The initial shock can place severe strain on the body, producing instant cardiac arrest” adds the USSARTF.
“Survivors of cold water accidents have reported the breath driven from them on first impact with the water …And, finally, hypothermia (exposure) sets in, and without rescue and proper first aid treatment, unconsciousness and death.“As with most critical situations, like cold water immersion, it is very important not to panic.Cold hands cannot fasten the straps of a lifejacket, grasp a thrown rescue line, or hold onto an over-turned boat.Within minutes, severe pain clouds rational thought.I know it sounds goofy, but sit and practice doing it.