SEQUIM — The worst has happened: You are a commercial fisherman or private boater who has fallen off your vessel into the frigid waters of the north Pacific.

Sure, you are wearing a traditional immersion suit — a waterproof garment that staves off hypothermia and will keep you alive in the cold water for up to about six hours.

But now you have been in the drink for seven hours — well past the limit of most immersion suits — your rescuers are nowhere in sight and hypothermia has set in.

Generally, this means "game over" for people who find themselves in such situations, but a Sequim-area man has another idea.

Robert Duncan invented an award-winning immersion suit designed to keep those alone and stranded in cold water toasty and alive for more than 24 hours.

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