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Survival Time in Cold Water

Time to exhaustion and death in cold water

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Cold water - survival time

The survival time for a person in cold water is limited as indicated in the table below:

Water TemperatureExhaustion TimeDeath Time
(oF)(oC)(hours)(hours)
80 27 unlimited unlimited
70 - 80 21 - 27 3 - 12 3 - unlimited
60 - 70 16 - 21 2 - 7 2 - 40
50 - 60 10 - 16 1 - 2 1 - 6
40 - 50 4 - 10 0.5 - 1 1 - 3
32.5 - 40 0 - 4 0.25 - 0.5 0.5 - 1.5
32.5 0 < 15 min 15 - 45 min

 

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