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  Wear a PFD!!
  Posted by: mickeys4 on Apr-18-12 5:05 PM (EST)

I came across this article while browsing and though it's not not fishing related it has to do with the inherit dangers involved in kayaking. The article starts off with "Family and friends spent Sunday trying to understand how a Villa Park man drowned in a Des Plaines area pond after he was apparently attacked by swans he took care of". There is no mention of wearing a PFD or lack of but I can only assume he wasn't wearing one. When I first started kayak fishing I kept my PFD in front of the crate behind me after all it was hot and not comfortable. I knew if I capsized I could always stay afloat and put my PFD on while in the water"NOT". Put it on and you'll find after a time you won't even notice you have it on. Of all the kayak fishermen reported drowned on this and other forums I think you'll find they had one thing in common,they weren't wearing their PFD. Remember if you go into the water it may not be under ideal conditions,entanglement in anchor ropes,fishing lines or hooks can definitely ruin your day. I hope I'm preaching to the choir.

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  incorrect link for me ....
  Posted by: pilotwingz on Apr-19-12 7:54 AM (EST)
...... says 'error page not found" , how's your post link work for you ??

Anyway , the Swans did not attack the kayaker , they had nothing to do with his drowning . He feel out of his kayak w/o a PFD on and drowned ... very sad , very typical .

Yes , a PFD is always a good idea , they help you keep your head above water as opposed to under it , definately can make all the difference in the world when it comes down to it .
  Hope this fixes link
  Posted by: jenella1 on Apr-19-12 8:08 AM (EST)

I don't know whether the swans attacked or not but a swan or a goose can put a hurtin' on you. Don't think because it's just a bird it can't harm you.
  no , they didn't ....
  Posted by: pilotwingz on Apr-20-12 12:03 AM (EST)
...... but if they had they could have hurt him , and the coroner would of said so .

Swans have teeth too ...

  Not all
  Posted by: Big_D on Apr-19-12 3:36 PM (EST)
We lost a good man a few years back who was very safety conscious. He picked the wrong day to paddle because the weather changed unexpectedly and turned his calm into a nest of big waves.

But, nearly all boat drownings are of people not wearing PFD's. Further, most men who drown after falling off boats have their flies down. Taking a leak from a boat can be dangerous too. So, PFD for paddling and boat-bound piddling.

- Big D
  Seems like most men
  Posted by: djo on Apr-20-12 1:15 PM (EST)
get in trouble with their zippers down. Often boats are not involved.
  Posted by: Big_D on Apr-23-12 5:54 PM (EST)
Truer words have rarely been written.


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