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Flotilla 054-03-03
 Kilmarnock, Virginia

 

 

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RAPPAHANNOCK "10" ACCIDENT - 05JUL10

 

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WINTER CAUSES CANCELLATION OF FLOTILLA 33 PATROL ACTIVITY IN LATE JANUARY & EARLY FEBRUARY

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WINTER RESULTS IN ICING ON LOCAL CREEKS & RIVERS DISRUPTING FLOTILLA 33 BOAT OPERATIONS. LOCAL WATER TEMPERATURES ARE CURRENTLY DANGEROUSLY LOW.

 

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WATER TEMPERATURES AT THE STINGRAY POINT BUOY STARTED A DRASTIC DECLINE ON JANUARY 20, DROPPING TO A MULTI-YEAR LOW OF 33.63 DEGREES ON JAN 29 & 30.

LOCAL BOATERS & COMMERCIAL FISHERMEN SHOULD REMEMBER THE 50/50/50 RULE:

YOU HAVE A 50/50 CHANCE OF SURVIVING 50 MINUTES IN 50 DEGREE WATER.

BUT LOCAL WATER TEMPERATURES ARE CURRENTLY WELL BELOW 50 DEGREES SO SURVIVABILITY IN THE WATER IS MUCH LESS THAN THE 50/50/50 RULE INDICATES.

 

The United States Search and Rescue Task Force has a risk list for when hypothermia might set in if you are submersed in cold water:

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Water temperature: 32 degrees or below
Time until exhaustion or unconsciousness: Less than 15 minutes
Expected time of survival in the water: Less than 15 to 45 minutes

Water temperature: 32.5 to 40 degrees
Time until exhaustion or unconsciousness: 15 to 30 minutes
Expected time of survival in the water: 30 to 90 minutes

Water temperature: 40 to 50 degrees
Time until exhaustion or unconsciousness: 30 to 60 minutes
Expected time of survival in the water: 1 to 3 hours

Water temperature: 50 to 60 degrees
Time until exhaustion or unconsciousness: 1 to 2 hours
Expected time of survival in the water: 1 to 6 hours

Water temperature: 60 to 70 degrees
Time until exhaustion or unconsciousness: 2 to 7 hours
Expected time of survival in the water: 2 to 40 hours

FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT:

UNITED STATES SEARCH & RESCUE TASK FORCE

 

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