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subject Stephen Wright's comment on the report
author Chris Weed
city Burlington
posted Thursday Feb 28th 2019, 12:41 PM
in reply to 'Tow Tether Warning/Advice could save a life!' by: Tony Shaw

The small font is very hard to read on the page, so I have copied and pasted it here. I recommend reading all the comments:

Charlie, may I humbly point out another compounding factor in many of these underwater entrapment situations? It's almost never talked about, but I believe that it's more important than tow-tether use when it comes to over-all safety. People need to know that wearing brightly colored gear DRASTICALLY increases their chances of being seen if they're ever trapped underwater. Orange, white, yellow = more visible. As someone who does a lot of squirt boating and filming squirt boating, I know how quickly darker colors become invisible in just a little murky water. Red and black just aren't easy to see underwater.

I wish that gear companies would stop offering rescue PFDs with large black panels in them, and that more kayakers would choose to see gear color as a legitimate safety issue. Many of these situations have occurred when a trapped kayaker just can't be located in time — even as rescuers were within a few feet of them. If we would stop buying darker gear, manufacturers will stop making it.

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