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    sat. i went out duck hunting on the mississippi river when i left it was a crisp 14 degrees i hunted about 3 hrs. and decided it was time to call it a season as ice was forming. i loaded my boat with a camp stove and other stuff and started to pick up decoys. another friend showed up and we made a plan he would pick up the decoys on the north i would get the ones south. the water was only knee deep so i pulled my boat over there and was pulling my boat along and putting in decoys the wind picked up and pushed the boat in to me knocking me down. my waders filled up my coat became saturated with water the boat was trying to run over me but i was afraid it would pin me to the bottom. i grabbed hold of the top rail of the boat and tried to pull my self out from under it but all i did was get pulled further under . i then pulled my self to the back of the boat where i could get my legs out from under and crawl in the back.when i got to the back my coat was so heavy and my wader so full i could not stand up i have a tilt switch on my motor cover i was going to hold on to my lower unit and use it to pull me up but my hands were so cold use them. i then called my friend to help it seemed to take for ever to get to me but i'm sure it wasn't. it was a long ride home in the boat. i learned a lot that day 1 i can't do the same things at 67 as i could do at 47. i was ready to pick the decoys up by my self and had i been alone i think i would have died

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    Can't be too careful. Glad your friend was there.

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    Pat glad you made it. A couple of years ago a young man (21) over here did not. Took almost a year and a half to find him. I'm 70 now and sure can relate to the not being able to do stuff now that I used to easily.
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    Glad that all worked out well for you in the end, and thank you for sharing this story with us all so that maybe someone who considered going out alone in difficult conditions might reconsider. Merry Christmas!
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    Shew.....that was a close one. Not panicking is what saved your life....that and your buddy....glad you had the presence of mind to find a way to get out of the water and call for help.

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    Just in case someone else runs into something similar. I learned to always anchor my boat no matter the size on a short line with oversized anchor downwind of me when doing decoy things. Like you I had a similar way younger and I am glad you survived, hypothermia is a bad thing for people as well as dogs.
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    Wow. Things can happen very fast. Glad your friend was there to help and things turned out well.
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    pat addis

    Were you wearing a wader belt? Were you using a wading stick?
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    yes i had a wader belt i don't know if it helped or not. i did have my boat anchored but i pulled it in to move to the last decoy and as i reached for it is when it happened

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    Quote Originally Posted by pat addis View Post
    yes i had a wader belt i don't know if it helped or not. i did have my boat anchored but i pulled it in to move to the last decoy and as i reached for it is when it happened
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Too!, Pat. You are here to celebrate both

    Good you kept making the decisions that did get you into your boat...well done!

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