The boat was coasting to a stop on an old dead tree that I wanted to tie to for catfishing purposes... just a little too fast, but ...not to worry. I stood on the bow, arms outstretched ready to absorb the impact of the boat stopping on the tree. The line was ready to be tied off and my clients were onboard, ready to catch catfish. I braced myself and when I touched the trunk, I stiffened up to take the impact...but... the old tree snapped off at the water level. I performed the most ungracious swan dive I have ever done, headfirst, right into the icewater. It was simple enough to walk my hands along the gunnels and climb in over the whale tail and engine... but that water was COLD and my face was red from embarassment. To make matters worse, I lost my glasses and cellphone. Lesson learned! Never expect a dead tree to stay there. Lesson #2... always wear a life jacket. Almost all drownings occur to people who are not wearing a life jacket. Lesson #3... keep the cell phone on the console Lesson #4... wear a "sissy cord" on your glasses if you value them.