Jun 25 2008
I went to Saint Simon’s Island, GA this past weekend for a friends wedding. I took the Daggers with me in case anyone wanted to get out and play around in the Atlantic. I had a pretty dramatic moment with Greer, one of my old high school buddies, a few hundred yards from the beach. He flipped his kayak over and could not get back in the boat. Luckily he had a life preserver on that was fitted for my 6 year old daughter. The kayak was full of water and we had no way of dumping the water. I tried to tow him in, but it was no use. At one point our dialog sounded something like this:
Me: Leave the boat behind.
Greer: No.I will go down with this boat.
30 seconds later… Greer stands up (we had drifted to a shallow spot) and we were able to dump the water in the boat. While we were dumping the water a Sea Kayaker that looks like he was off the cover of a National Geographic Adventure magazine came over to check on us. He showed us a way for Greer to get back in the kayak without having to go back to shore. This was a good lesson for me and I thought I would pass it on.I found a YouTube clip that gives instruction on this technique. The great thing about YouTube is that you can find just about anything here. It’s like a visual wikipedia.
Good times in the Georgia Islands.
Kayak Rescues at Canoecopia