Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Local kayaking fatality

This is not Nam, this is kayaking. There are rules.

Last week a Tallahassee man drowned near Pensacola after the kayak he and his son were paddling in capsized. Apparently he wasn't wearing a life jacket.

I can't stress this enough. If you're paddling coastal waters, do not fail to wear a PFD. It may be stuffy, uncomfortable, and inconvenient in warm weather, but the drowning stats for boaters are far too high to be ignored (90% of boating fatalities in 2004 were drownings where the victim was not wearing a flotation device.)

By virtue of a military aircrew background, I am a pretty damned strong swimmer, but even I won't delude myself into thinking I can handle anything on the water. So I wear a PFD. If I'm not wearing one (isolated, momentary situations usually,) it's on my lap where it can be snatched up in an instant.

As much as I sympathize for the man and his family, I can't help but repeat the cliche "Safety rules are written in the blood of the careless."


kissyface said...


steve said...

I'm sure you are aware that here in Texas they just get drunk and run each other over. lake Lewisville is the worst; I think there were 5 death incidents last year and who knows how many near misses.