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  not to state the obvious
  Posted by: slushpaddler on Apr-14-13 1:39 PM (EST)

-- Last Updated: Apr-14-13 3:52 PM EST --

But there's no way you could have accounted for the possibility of the stranger and his negligence.

Your story is a great example of how negligence doesn't just affect the negligent person.

I'd say that it's always dangerous approaching a panicking capsized paddler to the point where they can reach you. Is it always possible to avoid doing so? Probably not.

EDIT: I shoulda said "all things considering, you done good!"

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