Equipped To Survive Equipped To Survive® Presents
The Survival Forum
Where do you want to go on ETS?

Topic Options
#285450 - 08/14/17 08:34 PM Shipwrecked in Minnesota...
TeacherRO Offline

Registered: 03/11/05
Posts: 2467
Two men were marooned in the wilds of Mn/ Canada

1st source for the story

2nd link to the story

#285454 - 08/14/17 09:08 PM Re: Shipwrecked in Minnesota... [Re: TeacherRO]
Phaedrus Online   content
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 04/28/10
Posts: 2730
Loc: Big Sky Country
Lake of the Woods is a pretty big lake! Sounds like they were decently prepared at least and knew how to get by til rescue came.
“I'd rather have questions that cannot be answered than answers that can't be questioned.” —Richard Feynman

#285466 - 08/15/17 08:48 PM Re: Shipwrecked in Minnesota... [Re: TeacherRO]
dougwalkabout Offline
Crazy Canuck
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 02/03/07
Posts: 2909
Loc: Alberta, Canada
Another story with additional details and a photo of the rescuers' view:


Two warm bodies is always a win. Glad they made it.

That said, and from my comfortable armchair, it seems there were a lot of preparation holes at the outset. Nobody knew they were away, when to expect them back, or where to look. Without their very lucky break, they could have been there quite a while.

They weren't wearing lifejackets in heavy swells (though at least they had some.) Lucky they had time to put them on.

A classic cascade failure got them in trouble in a hurry, and then they lost essentially all of their gear when the boat went over.

Their only signalling devices weren't protected from water. It's remarkably easy to be invisible in big country.

On the plus, though, staying with the boat made it possible to find them. An air search would have turned that up pretty fast.

They kept their heads and used scrounged items to stay hydrated (boil water), dry (lean-to), and warm (fire). With those things in place, they would have kept going quite a long time. But it seems they were preparing a somewhat risky self rescue attempt on the water, perhaps because they knew nobody was looking for them, so who knows what the outcome would have been.

Edited by dougwalkabout (08/15/17 11:00 PM)
Edit Reason: Image wouldn't display.

#285564 - 08/23/17 08:02 PM Re: Shipwrecked in Minnesota... [Re: TeacherRO]
TeacherRO Offline

Registered: 03/11/05
Posts: 2467
see related threads on boating preparedness...

#286368 - 09/21/17 06:34 PM Re: Shipwrecked in Minnesota... [Re: TeacherRO]
TeacherRO Offline

Registered: 03/11/05
Posts: 2467
Even simple preps would have helped:
- waterproof phone case
- tiny PSK ( lighter, knife, mirror, )
- Leave a note with family


Moderator:  Alan_Romania, Blast, cliff, Hikin_Jim 
Su M Tu W Th F Sa
1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Who's Online
2 registered (M_a_x, Bingley), 94 Guests and 2 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Newest Members
brenaline, keril, MarcusPetz, CBlackRaven, TnSweetie
5322 Registered Users
Newest Posts
Knife sharpening
by Phaedrus
03:07 AM
Brain-eating amoeba in Texas city water supplies
by Phaedrus
02:59 AM
Soft Carabiner
by Blast
12:42 AM
Radiooddity DB25 shortwave transceiver
by Blast
12:20 AM
'Into the Wild' bus removed from Alaska trail
by nursemike
01:56 PM
Mistakes I have seem...
by nursemike
01:45 PM
More power sources!
by nursemike
01:38 PM
An example of failed prep
by nursemike
01:04 PM
Newest Images
Tiny knife / wrench
Handmade knives
2"x2" Glass Signal Mirror, Retroreflective Mesh
Trade School Tool Kit
My Pocket Kit

WARNING & DISCLAIMER: SELECT AND USE OUTDOORS AND SURVIVAL EQUIPMENT, SUPPLIES AND TECHNIQUES AT YOUR OWN RISK. Information posted on this forum is not reviewed for accuracy and may not be reliable, use at your own risk. Please review the full WARNING & DISCLAIMER about information on this site.