Paddler dies off of Port Washington in WI

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Paddler dies off of Port Washington in WI

Post by johnhens » Mon Mar 28, 2016 4:49 pm

Every Spring this happens either on Michigan or Superior.
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Re: Paddler dies off of Port Washington in WI

Post by RockRiver » Tue Mar 29, 2016 4:19 am

It is really hard to talk people out of doing these things. They just don't believe you. They get away with these risky behaviors on nice days so when they eventually get caught up in bad conditions, they get a bad surprise, sometime fatally. They never check the marine forecast. They think that you are crazy when you try to point out the differences between a sea kayak and their rec boat, why to use a spray skirt, wear a life jacket, etc. We see this all the time. They really don't think that they are doing something that can be dangerous.


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Re: Paddler dies off of Port Washington in WI

Post by treeplanter » Tue Mar 29, 2016 1:27 pm

There’s a kayak rendezvous held every November over on the east shore of Lake Superior called “The Gales of November.” When I was a kayak novice, 26 years ago, a guy who kayaked this event told me, “A smart kayaker knows when not to go out.” These are words I’ve never forgotten.


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Re: Paddler dies off of Port Washington in WI

Post by RockRiver » Tue Mar 29, 2016 6:49 pm

Paddling a sea kayak is only half of it. Planning and risk assessment is the other half.

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Re: Paddler dies off of Port Washington in WI

Post by jrwiesz » Wed Mar 30, 2016 10:36 am

Although not on big water.

A Michigan story this past week, on a mid-Michigan swollen river.

http://www.wnem.com/story/31588899/man- ... e-kayaking
"And standing on the the crest of the Greenstone Ridge, I suddenly had this desire to retreat north to where I just come, to stay in the backcountry, to spend another day in a place where the only deadline I had was to pitch the tent before dark."
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Re: Paddler dies off of Port Washington in WI

Post by johnhens » Thu Mar 31, 2016 7:37 am

And another paddler rescued on Lake Michigan:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/w ... story.html

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Re: Paddler dies off of Port Washington in WI

Post by Ingo » Thu Mar 31, 2016 7:47 am

johnhens wrote:And another paddler rescued on Lake Michigan:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/w ... story.html
9 minutes from 911 call to get his hands on him! Kudos to the emergency response folks!

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