Three Texas men and their dog were found dead after failing to come home from a duck hunting trip together. ... A small craft advisory had been issued and waves in the area were as high as four feet on Friday, leading Coast Guard spokesman Lt. Karl Alejandre to say that weather may have been a factor in the boat capsizing.In some way, this may be understandable. Carancahua bay, where they had gone to hunt, would seem to be fairly well-protected from things like fetch.
The winds at the Calhoun County Airport, which is nearby, were gusting to 26 MPH that morning. It was cold for Texas, at or just above the freezing mark. The water temps were apparently around the 50deg mark. Hypothermia would set in far quicker than most people might expect, especially if the hunters were wearing waders and they were immersed above the top of them. I'd guess that they weren't wearing life jackets, for doing so would likely interfere with properly mounting a shotgun. Fill the waders with water and one might drown before hypothermia.
When you go into the water, if you're not wearing some sort of flotation device, you're probably screwed.
And if small-craft advisories are up, best to stay on land if one's vessel is a 17' boat.