Two kayakers rescued in chilly Puget Sound waters

Two kayakers wearing life jackets overturned their vessels during the weekend initiating search and rescue efforts by Coast Guard along with local response agencies.

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One kayaker was rescued by a good Samaritan in the vicinity of Port Gamble Bay Saturday; the other kayaker was rescued by Jefferson County Fire Department after calling mayday near Port Townsend Sunday.

A common misconception is that boating accidents occur during bad weather, when in fact one half of recreational boating fatalities happen on calm water. Nine out of 10 drownings happen on inland waters and a few hundred feet from shore.

All boats – including canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddle boards – must have at least one properly fitted, serviceable, U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket for each person on the boat.

These two incidents coincide with National Boating Safety Week, an annual campaign which emphasizes the importance of safe boating habits in reducing accidents and fatalities. This campaign is especially applicable to residents of Washington State which ranks fourth in the nation for recreational boating fatalities involving small boats, according to 2015 data from the National Safe Boating Council.

 

2 comments

  • Laura Thursday, 25 May 2017 22:23 Comment Link

    Hello. I am the good Samaritan, Laura. The weather that day, while sunny and nice, did have a good North wind coming into Gamble Bay. The waves were about 18 inches or more with a steady wind at around 20 knots. This was not a flat calm situation. As far as I understand, the person I helped rescue was a lone kayaker and did not put his inflatable suspenders on until he ended up in the water. Then he was not able to get the inflatable suspenders fully on. This was a dire situation as the water was cold, his kayak was full of water, he was far from the shore and he was not able to get his PFD on fully. I am thankful I heard his hollers for help. We called 911 before I paddled out. The Poulsbo police also responded thankfully and was able to get him out of the water.

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  • Laura Thursday, 25 May 2017 22:08 Comment Link

    Hello. I am the good Samaritan, Laura. The weather that day, while sunny and nice, did have a good North wind coming into Gamble Bay. The waves were about 18 inches or more with a steady wind at around 20 knots. This was not a flat calm situation. As far as I understand, the person I helped rescue was a lone kayaker and did not put his inflatable suspenders on until he ended up in the water. Then he was not able to get the inflatable suspenders fully on. This was a dire situation as the water was cold, his kayak was full of water, he was far from the shore and he was not able to get his PFD on fully. I am thankful I heard his hollers for help. We called 911 before I paddled out. The Poulsbo police also responded thankfully and was able to get him out of the water.

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