Originally Posted by benc
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.