Roughly nine out of ten fatalities in open water (non-whitewater) paddling are the result of unprotected immersion in cold water. Canoe & kayak fatalities in a recent Coast Guard report constituted roughly one out of every 6 boating deaths in the US (stats from all 13 classes of boats). I haven't been in a serious auto accident in over 35 years, but I always wear my seat belt. Stuff happens, often when you least expect it. Always wear your PFD; just don't make the mistake of thinking that it's the "key to survival" in cold water.
Edited by ShiverMeTimbers (03/05/13 03:28 PM)