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Because nobody is going to be standing there with dry clothes for you to put on after falling through the ice, is the smart thing to do taking off those wet clothes rather than holding the moisture against you? There was recently a thread dealing with wet feet that had us taking off the boots so as to let the water drain away from the skin. Keeping wool socks on was good, and if so, would keeping wool clothing on after falling through ice also be a good thing?

It would seem that after falling through ice, unless you can get into dry warm clothes or into shelter fairly quickly, or build a fire fairly quickly, that most of us are going to be in serious trouble.