Another disturbing fact I just read is that 2 out of 3 drowning victims are considered good swimmers. And unless you're in pretty good shape, don't think you can just hop back on a sit on top, it's not that easy. Kayaks tend to flip if not done right. If you've never tried it, watch some youtube reentry videos, and practice when the water warms.
Loc: CLINTON & West Hartford, CT
COLD weather cramps up even the best swimmers....in addition to trying to get back into a flipped over kayak which is difficult.
Many years ago my cousin and I drove to Ft. Weatherall in Jamestown, RI and launched my 2-person sit in kayak. We went outside the cove and out into open water. A disrespectful offshore battle wagon steamed close to us and his wake totally flooded the sit in kayak (of course he just kept on going without a care). We had to swim the water filled kayak to a small outcropping of rock, climb up on the rock, and spill all the water out of the kayak and continued our kayaking.
Loc: Western Sound
Any water temp below 50 degrees can shock your systems so that you do not even know how to breath NEVERMIND find which way is up. Especially if you are not expecting it, and anyone out in a kayak, canoe etc. in those conditions without a PFD is obviously not expecting it. Just the opposite in fact.
I morbidly wonder at what point, if any, does one realize they Fd up. I donít ever want to know the answer to that. Sharks or no sharks Quint, Iím a wearing the damn PFD.
Those not familiar with long meadow should know there isn't much water deeper than 3 feet. Exceptionally shallow and weedy.
If my kids are going to be near water fishing they have a life jacket on, and most of our excursions are on the shore not in my boat. I definitely got a couple of looks from other people once.... stare all you want.
Float plan, vests, even a spare truck and boat key for my fishing partner on multi day trips.
Kayaker went into the drink of Norwalk this past week. Was lucky cling onto their partners yak until help arrived. Glad it was a positive ending. I was at the beach on Saturday, I don't even want to stick my hand in the water, never mind getting submerged.