PFDs & Cold Water Survival
Death due to falls overboard is a primary killer of fishermen in BC. BC’s waters are COLD! (Our waters are generally lower than 15° C.)
Reflexive GASPING FOR AIR is part of the initial Cold Shock Response – if you are under water, guess what you’re breathing in!
Wearing a personal flotation device (PFD) helps get YOUR MOUTH well above water – it can take a FEW MINUTES to get your breathing under control.
The FACTS DON’T LIE: Over 50% of drownings occur due to the Cold Shock response
WorkSafeBC’s regulations for PFDs
Surviving cold water is possible!
Here’s a useful poster with tips for all on board