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Old 09-06-2011, 19:21   #16
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Re: Cold water survival story from Alaska

Originally Posted by captain58sailin View Post
You forgot to print the story about the 4 commercial clammers that died before them in Cook Inlet.
The reason I posted the Tustumena story was that I thought the lesson was rather clear cut. It isn't entirely clear what happened to the clammers, and we likely won't ever know for sure. Early on, there were conflicting reports about how many were (or were not) wearing PFDs. However, for anyone who is interested, here is the best account I've seen:
Alaska clammer tragedy: Man tried to persuade friends to take safe route | Alaska Dispatch

One further comment regarding the Tustumena incident is that another acording to another article ( Girls survive lake tragedy that killed 2: Kenai | Alaska news at ) the family lived nearby and often boated on the lake. Like the clammers, familiarity with the environment may have led them to be less cautious.

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