Originally Posted by openboat
Wet or dry suits are very important. We rescued three fishermen who had flipped their raft on the Colorado a few weeks ago. One was wearing a shorty wetsuit under his clothing, and was fine. But the other two were wearing jeans and hiking boots, swam 300+ yards in 42 degree water, and were near death from hypothermia when we reached them.
I think that was my genius friends. Sunday afternoon, blue and gray Vanguard, tossed out of the boat in Yarmony? The guy rowing the boat (the one wearing the shorty) learned his lesson… not going to let passengers wear the wrong gear on his boat again. I could not believe it when he told me about that. One of the passengers should have known better than to wear what he was wearing and the other guy I don't know too well.
Anyway, they are all aware that the two wearing all the wrong clothing are extremely lucky to be alive and the captain is lucky not to be responsible for two deaths.
Proper gear is always important on the river. If you're too warm, the cold water can always cool you down.