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Old 21 June 2013, 07:06   #31
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So was i but by the rip it kicks up a lot and I have never rescued anyone before. I wasn't confident in how to do it because I didn't want the kayaks drifting off and I didn't want the girls to fall in. It worked out fine just a little slow! Much faster then they were paddling in the rip they were going backwards! Don't think they knew they were in trouble to be honest until i told them what they were in. Had to risk it because they were quite close to the rocks. I was just praying not to hit my prop as I know I was over very uneven ground

Don't get me wrong I was tempted but I would have just felt a bit wierd after rescuing them to say do you wanna go out with us tonight because they are at the risk of going on the sex offenders list!! : / if she said how can I repay you? I might have gone for it haha
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Old 21 June 2013, 07:08   #32
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Firstly, id like to thank Kerny for posting this thread as I like others on this forum own kayaks. From an awareness point of view the information is valuable and sobering, thankfully no long term physical harm was suffered to any persons involved.
Secondly, we all take to the water with 100% faith and trust in our craft no matter what size or type. If it should suffer catastrophic failure, it makes no difference if you have every item of survival equipment to hand, you will still find yourself in a very challenging situation.

Be safe out there people
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Old 21 June 2013, 07:15   #33
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If it should suffer catastrophic failure, it makes no difference if you have every item of survival equipment to hand, you will still find yourself in a very challenging situation.
Surely if he had been carrying a waterproof means of communication and/or had stayed with his buddy, it would have been a minor incident and not a near death?

I think it matters a lot what survival equipment you have. He was fortunate to have a knife to hand...
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Surely if he had been carrying a waterproof means of communication and/or had stayed with his buddy, it would have been a minor incident and not a near death?
For that one, yes. Even with a waterproof method of communication and a buddy though, how serious could that have been if they were somewhere they needed to paddle hard to make headway, or with an onshore wind near cliffs? There's no way a buddy could have kept him alongside without being dragged along.
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I think it matters a lot what survival equipment you have. He was fortunate to have a knife to hand...
Yep, and the composure to remember it was there and use it.
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Does it say galaxy kayaks in the report Steve? I got one of these last year for the girls to play on in the marina
Mike some kayak gurus on the forum reckon that there is nothing wrong with the Galaxy moulds its the fittings they have been using for the rod holders i.e. poorly fitted, cheap, and the wrong type of rivets.
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I have a bit of a notion to try sea kayaking as it strikes me as a bit like sibbing without all the noise, and a more of a feeling of achievement.
He means he's too tight to pay for the fuel [;-)]
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So should the MAIB be investigating this?
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So should the MAIB be investigating this?
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I wouldn't expect them to be interested in a novice canoeist who makes some mistakes. But I'd imagine they'd be interested in a design flaw in a boat?

The canoeist can self report... so if their interest is in preventing it happening to anyone else they should do so. I suspect MAIB would put more time into it than trading standards who may well say the supplier has refunded so there is no issue to be followed thru'
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Not sure that just because it floats (or doesn't) it is the MAIB's baby. I mean, if you go to sea in a bathtub and it sinks, is it an MAIB matter...
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