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Facing Hypothermia While Crossing a Freezing River on 'Man, Woman, Wild' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Aug 30th 2010 4:45AM
Facing Hypothermia While Crossing a Freezing River on 'Man, Woman, Wild'On the latest 'Man, Woman, Wild' (Fri., 9PM ET on Discovery), survival expert Mykel Hawke and his journalist wife Ruth take a leisurely rafting trip in Utah. They're traveling down the Colorado River, which apparently flows through a lot more states than Colorado. (Utah being one of these states, obviously.) Everything is going fine. Or rather, everything is sort of going fine -- right up until the moment that their raft overturns.

After the raft flips over, Mykel and Ruth make it to shore. Now, they're stranded in a barren canyon -- and the only available sources of food are on the other side of the river. They're going to have to cross the Colorado, one way or another. And of course, their raft is long gone. So they'll have to do it in life vests -- and the water temperature is about 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Which is easily cold enough to cause hypothermia. Will the pair make it across?

Not only is the river cold, but the current can run as fast as 30 miles an hour ... and the water is 90 feet deep in parts. Still, the river crossing seems to be working out. But then, the husband and wife team get caught in an eddy, and are carried helplessly downstream. Then, Ruth starts to freeze.

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reba hurt

Well Doreen I guess we are the only 2 people watching the show that enjoy it...I guess they dont have battries in their remotes??? You know..just change the channel. Must be some reason they keep watching

August 30 2010 at 5:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
moeelmore

If you ever saw real hypothermia you sure would not think much of this one. They were not showing any true signs so just ignore it.

August 30 2010 at 2:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
reba hurt

I love the show ..so does my 9 year old grandson . We are not of any illusion that they are alone or that they are in danger. But you got to give them their due,it is good entertainment and they have actually tought us a thing or two.Keep going Mike and Ruth we love you. How many men would get in those situations with a woman or how many women would get that dirty or wet in front of a camera? You go guys...

August 30 2010 at 1:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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RobinDoreen

yeahhhhh.. and i never knew about the 9 volt battery and steel wool so there! LOL

August 30 2010 at 4:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
leon

Cold water makes big things small.

August 30 2010 at 12:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
JoyRptr

He reminds me of guys you meet who run the old "I was Special Forces/Navy Seal/fighter pilot, etc...) line on half-drunk-dumb-blonds in bars. She reminds me of the half-drunk-dumb-blonds.....

August 30 2010 at 12:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
BP

The truth of the matter is, he'd never survive if she was on the rag.

August 30 2010 at 11:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rich mcNally

This is a fake just like wrestling. They make it like there all alone but there was a full crew first aid guys, camera guys, and a rescue boat following them along their merry way.

August 30 2010 at 11:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Hank

This show is a piece of S--t.

August 30 2010 at 10:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jOHN

"Man woman wild" is crappy copy cat of the better shows like survivorman and man vs wild.

August 30 2010 at 10:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dave

man woman survivor what a joke that idiot is, he wouldn't make it without his wife and the camera crew, notice he had to have his hair just right for the last part of the video ha ha

August 30 2010 at 9:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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