Anyone out there have any info. on the recent death of a kayaker out of Fairhaven, MA? The newspapers are not any help as far as what the kayaker was wearing, equipment he may or may not have had, etc. although they did mention that he was using a 9-foot boat (obviously a recreational boat, not a sea kayak) on the open water, so my guess is that he didn't have a dry- or wet-suit, which, of course, would be inviting catastrophe. He was duck hunting, and my guess was that he considered the kayak as merely another tool, not realizing that kayaking, especially in the winter, is a whole different skill set, with specific knowledge required. In any case, a terrible tragedy, my heart goes out to the family and friends.
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Posted by: g2d on Jan-13-14 3:38 PM (EST)
before the facts are in.
Don't know the details from Fairhaven|
Posted by: eckilson on Jan-13-14 7:55 PM (EST)
But we had two other duck hunters die recently on the Westport River after their boat capsized in the frigid water.
"I'll never put on a life jacket again."|
Posted by: canoeswithduckheads on Jan-14-14 9:32 AM (EST)
Yes, but what matters is dying while|
Posted by: spiritboat on Jan-14-14 2:07 PM (EST)
thank you thank you thank you|
Posted by: slushpaddler on Jan-14-14 3:58 PM (EST)
I despise that phrase.
Posted by: bignate on Jan-14-14 5:20 PM (EST)
It's a trite statement, and one I see a trotted out a lot when someone dies on a river. I suspect that if the recently deceased had foreknowledge of the outcome, they'd have chosen to stay home that day, rather than die doing what they loved.
Its impossible to assume anything|
Posted by: kayamedic on Jan-14-14 5:34 PM (EST)
I knew of a paddler that knew he was ill, that he could die, and who paddled that day and went ahead and died on the river.
I don't get it, kayamedic.|
Posted by: spiritboat on Jan-14-14 7:52 PM (EST)
painlessly and quietly or misadventure|
Posted by: capefear on Jan-14-14 5:24 PM (EST)
If only those two were our choices, we'd all have it made.
My first choice |
Posted by: pgeorg on Jan-15-14 7:28 AM (EST)
would be to do what I love and after that die quietly at home in my bed.
The kayakers car was in Fairhaven|
Posted by: kayamedic on Jan-13-14 10:15 PM (EST)
the body washed up in Falmouth. Been missing near two weeks. The boat washed up on West Island.. The body probably went with the current and the boat with the wind. There is a good bit of real estate between the three points. He was hunting it seems.
Posted by: Kudzu on Jan-14-14 9:26 AM (EST)
It looks like it would be more accurate to say that a duck hunter or a student was drowned.
Posted by: jbernard on Jan-14-14 6:18 PM (EST)
I live here in Westport where the two duck hunters died and only a few miles from Fairhaven where the young man in the kayak died. The deaths of the two older gentlemen in the Westport River seems like a "simple" accident caused by an underestimation of the conditions at the river mouth. It was extremely windy (>30 kts) and had been for at least 12 hours, causing a very high sea state at the river mouth where the boat flipped.
weather a factor|
Posted by: teimac on Jan-14-14 6:43 PM (EST)
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