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

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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 Offline
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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.
“You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.” Naguib Mahfouz

#285466 - 08/15/17 08:48 PM Re: Shipwrecked in Minnesota... [Re: TeacherRO]
dougwalkabout Offline
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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)
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#285564 - 08/23/17 08:02 PM Re: Shipwrecked in Minnesota... [Re: TeacherRO]
TeacherRO Offline

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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: 2396
Even simple preps would have helped:
- waterproof phone case
- tiny PSK ( lighter, knife, mirror, )
- Leave a note with family


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