Surviving an unexpected cold water immersion: what happens and what do you do?

Surviving an unexpected cold water immersion: what happens and what do you do?.

Originally posted on Global News:

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A woman’s story of surviving several hours in cold water after her boat capsized off of Texada Island is being called rare and amazing.

“We have heard of these stories before but they are very rare,” Dale Miller, executive director of the Lifesaving Society of B.C. told Global News.

“She was wearing a life jacket or Personal Floatation Device (PFD), so that would have helped her immensely with floating but also with insulation.”

The woman, who has not been identified, escaped her troubled vessel and spent a considerable amount of time swimming to the shore of Texada Island. When she reached land, extremely hypothermic, she spent hours looking for help and finally found a cottage to call rescuers.

Her spouse, who was also in the boat at the time of the accident, did not survive the cold water temperatures and was…

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