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Old 23 March 2007, 05:29   #11
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Out in the open sea, I believe a lifejacket will help no end when swimming, I reckon swimming backwards might be easier though ?
- I havent been in the situation to try with an inflated life jacket - but has now made me curious, so will be trying this year.

Olympic swimmers swim mostly sub surface, certainly not something you'd be doing in the sea!
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Old 23 March 2007, 05:31   #12
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With lifejackets on they would have found it even harder to swim. The bloke who survived eventually made it ashore. He was very close to the end - a lesser person would have been long gone which the report does mention.

The only way I think a lifejacket would have helped would have been if they had lights and whistles - but that is merely to attract attention of course.
So, are you saying - if the only way to survive, was by swimming to shore... you should remove your life jacket?
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So, are you saying - if the only way to survive, was by swimming to shore... you should remove your life jacket?
On the basic sea survival course I did we were taught to form a crocodile by wrapping your legs around the person in front and everyone using their arms to propel you backwards. It seemed quite effective in the pool, and the chunky floaty block lifejackects we were wearing didnt really get in the way.

It had a few advantages:

1) Linked together made a bigger 'target' to be visible
2) Bright lifejackets (if worn of course) are more visible than wet standard clothing
3) Very easy to stop and rest
4) Keeps everyone together
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So, are you saying - if the only way to survive, was by swimming to shore... you should remove your life jacket?
I wonder if David Walliams would have made it across the English Channel if he had been wearing a lifejacket? he managed over 20 miles quite well I thought!!!

I know all the advice is to huddle together to keep warm and not to waste energy by trying to swim etc BUT there are so many cases where the opposite seems to be true. Obviously a lot comes down to the individual concerned - if you are not a strong swimmer then huddling together is the best option.

The bloke who survived in the accident I am talking about made it ashore himself - if he hadn't he would be dead - simple.

A lifejacket impeads a swimmer considerably - that is a well know fact. Obviously throwing it away is not a good idea - maybe deflate it and then blow it back up again when you need to rest.

Great idea No2 - keep some fins handy - that way you can keep your lifejacket inflated AND swim successfully!!!

One thing people should try to remember - go with the flow - you won't get anywhere swimming against a strong current so try to let the current help you even if it means a further distance.
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So, are you saying - if the only way to survive, was by swimming to shore... you should remove your life jacket?
...or would it be even safer not to bother with the boat either?
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A lifejacket impeads a swimmer considerably - that is a well know fact. Obviously throwing it away is not a good idea - maybe deflate it and then blow it back up again when you need to rest.

Great idea No2 - keep some fins handy - that way you can keep your lifejacket inflated AND swim successfully!!!
Stupid idea No1 - swim along till you're shagged out and out of puff, then blow a freaking life jacket up

Stupid idea No2 - FINS!!!!???!!!!

Why not keep a VHF handy, why not go to sea in a boat that doesnt have knackered bilge pumps and knackered non return valves and knackered wiring and dirty great holes in the deck, and out of date flares!! The boat was sinking before they left port!

As for David Walliams, heres an idea, lets all carry a huge vat of goose grease just in case we need to take a long and unexpected swim.

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