INTRODUCING MARIO VITTONE, ON WATER SAFETY AND MARINE SURVIVAL. AS FALL DRAWS NEAR NOW IS A GOOD TIME TO INTRODUCE OUR FISHERMEN FRIENDS, AND DUCK HUNTERS TO MARIO OUR FAVORITE WATER SAFETY WRITER.
WATER TEMPERATURES ARE FALLING, THE NEXT TWO SEASONS , ESPECIALLY IN THE DEEP SOUTH FALL AND WINTER CAN BE BOATING SEASONS, BUT NOW YOU MUST BE AWARE OF THE RISK OF HYPOTHERMIA
Mario, image capture from his blog at: http://mariovittone.com/about-mario/
Mario Vittone is a retired Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer with an extensive background in marine safety, accident investigation, search and rescue operations and rescue swimming. He had long tours of duty as a Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer and knows first hand about hypothermia and other subjects that can keep you alive if things go wrong out there on the water. He writes for g-captain, which we link to in our News Section.
. We recommend Mario Vittone as a primary source of boating and water safety information and guide to authoritative literature on the subject. Here is a hyper link to his home page: http://mariovittone.com/ visit today, before the week end. We will be linking to Mario in our Various Boating, and Diving sections and in our Big Links Locker on the Station Identification page that starts every publishing day. Mario can tell you more about avoiding drowning, or rescue of the drowning than any of us here can. What I can perhaps tell you as some one who has spent his professional life on the water, who spends his recreational time on the water, and who has experienced a near drowning is this. Drowning is painful and from the view point of the victim a seemingly slow distressful, and painful way to die. It is well worth avoiding and not to be simply accepted as part of the acceptable risk of water sports. It is worth taking pains in terms of training, and equipment expense to avoid. It is worth your time reading about how to avoid. You especially don't want your children to either spend a life time avoiding the joys of watery places, and water sports, or a maritime career but you definitely don't want them to drown. Become aware, get some training, get some equipment and make sure that doesn't happen. I've also been lost overboard in cold water. I can tell you that you loose your rationality very quickly in cold water. Your core temperature cools very rapidly and death comes much sooner than you would think in temperatures as mild as 65 degrees F. and very rapidly indeed at water temperatures below 56 degrees f.. So we urge you read Mario's blog, and check in with it frequently each season of the year that you venture out on the water. Click here for today's water survival wisdom. http://mariovittone.com/