Kayak Accident in Missouri City
Posted 04 January 2013 - 06:36 PM
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Posted 04 January 2013 - 09:27 PM
Posted 04 January 2013 - 10:27 PM
If the final position of the kayak is where they fell into the water it is very far from where the fisherman fish.
Edited by SockPuppet, 04 January 2013 - 10:57 PM.
Posted 06 January 2013 - 07:37 PM
Posted 06 January 2013 - 08:59 PM
Posted 07 January 2013 - 02:34 AM
As an avid Kayak Fisherman, I'm thinking a siezure, massive heart attack, blown embolism, or similar, turtled the yak, kid helpless, water swallowed, hypothermia, shock. It doesn't take long for bad things to happen, especially in the Winter.
It's small consolation that when our maker calls us in this way, it's better on yak on a lake than oncoming traffic at rush hour in behind the wheel 18-wheeler. Hey, it happens everyday somewhere. Sounds like the kid was physically helpless to render aid and that really stinks.
Regarding PFDs, the ONLY PFD that would have any sure chance of saving him if unconscious, or anyone else if unconcious, is a USCG Approved Type I vest. It's the only one that will turn you face up and keep your nose and mouth out of the water without intervention. The problem is that few wear them or even own them which is a shame. The Type I vest won't keep you warm while unconscious in frigid water, but at least it prevents you trying to breath water. If you own a PFD, try it. If you own one of those skinny little Class IV auto inflating CO2 "straps" good luck with that if you sieze or convulse and flip yourself into the water. They help with treading water, but that's about it from a practical standpoint. It's easy to burn a bottle of gas and try it out. You should anyway just so you understand how it works and its limitations. Seriously.
Sadly, too, most kayakers never even bother to practice re-entering their yak after turtling or inverting their boat in various conditions. It is a learned skill that is easily acquired and practiced. One among us in the kayak fishing comunity is a 77 year old lady who practices reentering her yak regularly without assistance. It took her awhile to learn the right technique for her physique, but she learned it.
We are very fortunate to have some of the best paddling safety instructors in the country here. If you kayak, you should seek out this training, it only takes a partial day or two. You should do it for your loved ones, and your friends, if not yourself.
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Posted 07 January 2013 - 01:21 PM
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Posted 07 January 2013 - 10:00 PM
Posted 08 January 2013 - 12:10 AM
I was a lifeguard and water safety instructor for a number of years (let the certification pass, but that's what happens when you get old) and managed three actual lifesaving situations. One was the active sort and I used a flotation device between me and the somewhat-crazed swimmer (who may or may not have been in actual trouble, but you have to treat it as such). The other two were blue, placid and in imminent danger of drowning without assisstance. In both situations there were others around and closer to the victims than me, but because they displayed no obvious signs of alarm, went unnoticed.
My advice, always wear pfds when on the water, especially if you are an inexperienced swimmer, and always have an emergency plan.
Posted 08 January 2013 - 09:13 AM
I wear a type V on super calm hot days fishin the flats in 2ft deep, 87F, water for miles around me in my yak but only if I'm fishing with another (my BFF) and I always have a throwable Type I at hand tethered to yak.
When I'm offshore in YAK, I use TYPE I, same in Bays, marshes, lakes and or paddling alone or away from others...Type I, until I beach the yak and am on Terra Firma. One more thing, anytime near any kind of a Pass or periods of strong tidal movement or in inclement weather...Type I
It's super common to flip your kayak. It happens to even the most experienced paddlers eventually. If it hasn't happen to u yet, just wait, your time is a coming
WHEN that time comes, perhaps when you least expect it, in your single or double seater, you'll calmly right the boat, and gather your tethered stuff, curse a little for untethered stuff now likely lost, then hop back in the Yak (cuz u practiced this under these very paddling conditions I.e.,4ft swells in 26ft depth near High Island, etc.
Sorry about soapbox on this topic my friends. I don't want to lose any more friends to an easily preventable cause.
Posted 08 January 2013 - 12:43 PM
Posted 08 January 2013 - 05:18 PM
I have to admit I didn't know anything about PFD's when I bought my kayak. I just bought one that looked comfortable, was rated for my weight and was... uh... slightly stylish. I had to go check just now and it is a Type 3 and is actually a ski vest. It's also awfully hot in the summertime. I think I'll go shop for a quality Type 1 vest.
Edited by HoustonControl, 08 January 2013 - 05:28 PM.
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Posted 08 January 2013 - 06:14 PM
I love fly fishing rivers, streams, and creeks in the Rockies. Some rivers, like the Arkansas River near Buena Vista CO is pretty big water with class IV rapids making it popular w tubers and "REAL KAYAKERS" you know, the Olympic sit inside guys wearing helmets and stuff. Its big water. 1000-1200 cfs which means if you slip and fall in while wading then you're going for a ride! This is made all the more difficult in waders, vest full of stuff, and your grandpa's irreplaceable Tonkin cane rod and Able reel. I've taken the toss a few times. It's kinda scary as you try to keep feet down current and avoid large stones etc. eventually you come to a bend and you can usually grab something and work your way to the bank or some shoals and regroup. If you're not wearing a belt tight above your waist, your waders fill almost instantaneously when u fall and all bets are off. It seems at least once every season some wading fisherman dies on a co stream or river and they almost never have a belt on.
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