Pasted below, a short summary from Oct/Nov-98 New England Windsurfing Journal (sorry if someone already ran this) aimed at those that can't reason why someone would sail without a PFD.
No flames on how a PFD saved your life please... -Barry Ritchey
Excerpted from: Oct/Nov '98 New England Windsurfing Journal
On Labor Day Sunday, shortly after noon, Tony Armenta was run over by a 24-foot, twin-screw powerboat at Dennis Beach, Cape Cod. It seems the skipper was dialing in that new GPS and not paying attention. While preparing to waterstart, Tony looked upwind for a gust and saw the bottom hull of a boat about to hit. He let go of his gear and dove for the bottom. As the boat passed over, he felt a quiet stillness and then felt a dull flapping on the back of his legs. Back on the surface of the water, Tony reached back to feel what had happened to his legs, and his hand went inside his leg...
After over 300 stitches, metal staples, surgery, and a 3-day hospital visit, Tony is at home recovering. With time, Tony hopes to back on the water ASAP.
Tony feels that it was fortunate he wasn't wearing a life preserver. "There's no way I would have been able to dive deep enough if I had been wearing a PFD. The boat would have hit me on the head and it would have been all over."
Check out NEWJ (a great regional rag) for more details... -B
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