Re: Cold-Shock Response?

Posted by Sailboy on Apr 18, 2005

I keep seeing this fatality. Kayaker upside down, dead without exiting the boat. Perhaps this is a result of Cold-Shock Response, a near involuntary gasp of water due to cold water shock. It would be useful to know if you have a susceptibility to this problem before you go boating in cold water.

Its just being detailed, but here is an article from the US Coast Guard detailing some of the known facts. (a 200KB pdf file, 12 pages)

In Response to: DEATH OF A KAYAKER by james bengough on Apr 15, 2005