- Nov 2, 2005
Body of missing kayaker from Everett recovered near Hat Island
Several agencies joined the search for a kayaker who called 911 when the weather turned bad on Tuesday.
In high winds, an empty kayak will travel a lot faster than a floating person, or a kayak attached to a floating person.It would be a mistake to assume that the victim would have reached shore in 45 minutes.
I agree. Depending on the way your towline is set up (waistbelt, on PFD front) it may be possible to clip the end of that to a deckline, if the contact towline is out of reach.It does make a case for having a contact towline available so in the event one is unable to re-enter (due to skill, conditions, or injury) one could at least stay with the boat after fatigue and cold makes it impossible to hold on.
I clip a 'bow painter' to a shockcord loop attached to the front of my sprayskirt.
We're getting off-topic here, sorry for starting that...I'm having trouble visualizing this John. A piece of shockcord that loops through the skirt release webbing or ? And with a biner or no?
That's a very short time to die of hypothermia [assuming he was still in the boat at time of call] . . . although drowning was named as an additional cause of death.
I don't think this has been established. He could have been floating, becoming increasingly hypothermic, for hours.at the most, he was in the water 83 minutes [likely less] . . .
I don't take such a fatalistic view of the situation given the same skill:
1) given the same skill, if he was tethered - there may have been a possibility of rescue.2) given the same skill, if he had given coordinates - there may have been the possibility of rescue.3) given the same skill, if he could have hung on - there may have been the possibility of rescue.
at the most, he was in the water 83 minutes [likely less] . . . will you positively be dead in 83 minutes or be severely hypothermic but still alive. Are those rules, rules? or variables?
or . . . if you are in the glue, do you give up or do you play for time