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Old 20-07-2011, 10:23   #1
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Kayaker Rescued Off Hawai'i

This story is the perfect news story: solo kayaker at sea, breaks paddle and ejected from boat, cannot get back in the boat; sailboat racers come out of nowhere, spot him (he's wearing red, they're looking for a red buoy), successfully rescue; all the media you could want as kayaker reunited with wife and child at the docks...

And a terrible pun: the sailboat's name is "Second Chance".

Sail-World.com: Transpac Race 2011 - Racers Second Chance rescue kayaker
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IDIOT in ocean kayak without flares,,IDIOT in ocean without radio,,IDIOT in ocean without float plan to someone on land,,,,,I do many thing people say are crazy on a jetski,,,long trips,,,,,i file a float plan with USCG and someone on land,,,,12 flares,,,2 radios,,,compass, 2 gps,,,extra water,,smoke signals,,if you are going in the ocean go prepared,,,,there were 2 people in a small powerboat that left miami for fishing,,engine problems,,,they drifted to palm beach over 70 miles north in the gulf stream before they were able to get someone attentions,,,no cell phone, no radio, no water, no flares,,,no float plan,,,,people dont think enough,,plan for the worst when you get in the boat and have a way to contact someone,,,,,,,,glad they all got rescued,,,,100 dollar radio 35 dollars of flares and a float plan is not too much for your safety,,,,
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Old 20-07-2011, 11:34   #3
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Re: Kayaker rescued off Hawai'i

Thanks, Amgine, that's a great story, a text book story with a text book rescue. Complacent idiot, for the coach of an aspiring olympic kayaking team? Un huh. But like a friend of mine used to say, "nothing good can happen without luck." Someone should take this guy immediately to the nearest casino. OTOH, if I was him, I'd try not to press my luck in the near future.
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It's all about thinking ahead and planning for that "what if" situation.
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some people just do not think of the "what if",,,,,thats were the problem lies,,,a boating safety class is a good start,,,,,tell you a funny story,,,meet a guy bought a 50 foot boat,,first one,,,,he was in fort lauderdale marina,,,,,,never been in the ocean,,,wanted to drive his boat to NJ and live up there for the summer,,,,I took him in the dingy out to port everglades,,,,he was a little confused

He thought that there would be signs telling him which way to go,,,,,did not know what a marker was

I asked him if he had flares,,,he shows me 3 that he took out of his car (road flares) his engines were gas

did not know how to read a chart and had no idea how many GPH he would use

after spending 3 days working with him on stuff FOR FREE he decieded to spend the next year at the marina in fort lauderdale,,2 months later his boat sunk,,,he did not have any bilge pumps that worked,,,

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A very lucky kayaker.
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Re: Kayaker Rescued Off Hawai'i

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This story is the perfect news story: solo kayaker at sea, breaks paddle and ejected from boat, cannot get back in the boat; sailboat racers come out of nowhere, spot him (he's wearing red, they're looking for a red buoy), successfully rescue; all the media you could want as kayaker reunited with wife and child at the docks...

And a terrible pun: the sailboat's name is "Second Chance".

Sail-World.com: Transpac Race 2011 - Racers Second Chance rescue kayaker
Ooh he should have been carrying a spare paddle, that's for sure.
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IDIOT in ocean kayak without flares,,IDIOT in ocean without radio,,IDIOT in ocean without float plan to someone on land,,,,,
Without wanting to engage in the rhetoric of idiocy, I would point out that those are all items helpful to promote being rescued by someone else. What this poor fellow really needed were two standard items that most sea kayakers carry that enable self-recsue: a spare paddle and a paddle float. (The paddle float, plus a bit a training, stabilizes the boat so that you can climb back in after a wet exit.)

I never carry flares or a radio, even on longer expeditions, although I'll often carry a satellite phone when I'm paddling the Sea of Cortez. However, even if I'm only paddling around Richardsons Bay in Sausalito, I always carry a spare paddle and a paddle float. Always. Sometimes a cell phone as well.
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Kayakers being so hard to see, glad these guys are using bright colors.

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