I hope to fly Kiwanda this summer...
Mental Note: Don't fly far out over the water...
if it won't show for you, click the "link" on the lower left hand side and watch it there.bradgeary wrote:all i see is a video no longer available message
OK, here is from memory of what we were taught at sailing. I haven't yet watched the whole video, but from what I saw he was in a good position to conserve body heat. Flat on the surface kept him as much as possible out of the water. Without a PFD it's difficult to keep a stable position without spreading arms and legs, and that's what he did. Clothes left on, good. Swimming would have drained his body heat at a much faster rate, so unless he knew he would make it within 20-30 minutes it was safer to stay with the glider. I've been in 55F water swimming for 30 min and couldn't have gone any longer.sg wrote:Looks like he did some things right after the incident. He stayed with the wing floating, instead of trying to swim for it and surely freezing to death.
Anyone know of any better tactics for staying warm? I wonder if he tried balling up on the sail? Maybe that made him sink so he decided to lay flat on his back? Anyone know what may have been the best heat saving position?
Jonathan wrote:Impossible. The human lungs are not strong enough to breathe in after exhaling while under more than a few feet of water with out the aid of presurized air. The water pressure is too great, and its just not possible. Scuba tanks, via the mouth regulator (which measures/compensates for the pressure of the surrounding water), actually inflates your lungs to help you breathe.Red wrote:" We *theorized* that a submerged pilot could even re-breathe the air in his vest for an extra few minutes, with no loss of buoyancy, but we never saw any submerged pilots." Says red.
Next time you in a pool with a garden hose near by... take the end of the garden hose and use it as a snorkel. See how far down you can swim and still breathe. Do this at your own risk.... keep in mind not to try for too long, as you are essentially rebreathing the same air as its not really mixing in the length of the hose....
Tom,TomGalvin wrote:Hey Red, how long were you on the Rock? I was saw hang gliders there in the early 80s, but I took flying lessons at Futenma instead.
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