So just sit there and let it sink and then spend the rest of your life floating in the same icy water till hypothermia kills you?
If it sinks your going in the water regardless right? I mean unless you got a buddy boat right there.
I dont know what you guys are talking about. Yes the saltwater here is cold but I see people swimming in it and i have too. It's pretty dsmn cold and I couldn't swim for hours but you aren't instantly paralyzed.
Adrenaline can make people do things they otherwise couldn't do. Captain Decent makes a good point. The counter to that is you might freeze up, or get cold shock and inhale a bunch of water, so best to at least be tied to a rope and a crew member manning the rope.
Since me, my wife, and our kid all surf, I carry our wetsuits as part of our safety gear when we fish out of Westport. I realize not everyone is going to purchase a 5/4 wetsuit, but it will certainly expand your survival window.