Case in point, Roy and Judith Carlile from Warrington, Pennsylvania. The married couple in their mid to late 50s were up in Maine for the summer and decided to take a canoe out on Chandler Bay. According to their neighbor Jolene Harmon, this was a pastime the couple enjoyed regularly, but she often felt like they ventured out too far in their little, 13-foot canoe. They set out sometime on Friday in clear, calm conditions, and never returned. Roy's body was found Saturday morning, and Judith's was recovered early Sunday morning.
Both are believed to have succumbed to hypothermia from the cold, Maine waters. Despite the weather being a comfortable 75 degrees, the water temperatures can get down to the low 50s at night. If you capsize and get stranded, that's the easiest way to lose your life.
That being said, both Roy and Judith were found wearing life preservers, so it remains unclear how they got trapped away from the shore. Officials plan to do an autopsy to discover if hypothermia was not the actual cause of death.
The fact that this happened in such calm waters and weather just goes to show that you can never be too careful when you're taking a boat excursion. While wearing a life vest is crucial, there are several other things you should do to make sure you'll be safe, or found if something unexpected happens.
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