I spoke with Andrea and Buck late this afternoon. She is ok, all limbs mobile and able to carry a normal conversation despite being in a lot of pain. She has suffered a concussion, six fractured ribs and collapsed lungs. Her vest saved her life.
And like I said, I mean no offense to the OP of that thread or to Andrea. I, like you, remain highly unconvinced that air vests save nearly as many lives as they are given credit for.
Of course, now that I look back at it, perhaps she was referring to her standard vest?