"The unconscious man was in shorts, but he was shirtless and shoeless. "
No mention of PFD's either in the article. i watched the video and it looks like they┬ had flotation cushions but no PFDs.
Canoe self rescue is not easy. A few years back we had an ACA canoe instructor do some self rescue and once it gets fairly flooded it's really tough if not impossible especially┬ if you're soaking in frigid water.
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