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||Posted: June 07 2007,18:28
Kayaker in Trouble
I've been gathering data on this incident; here it is:
A C. J. Shupe, 37 years old, launched at South Beach (Miami). He had planned to paddle south to Port Everglades to "ship watch", but got carried north by the currents. Sunset occurred after some hours, and he spent the rest of the night trying to stay upright.
The currents were rough and he flipped twice but was able to reenter. He tried to keep up his strength with some granola bars and two bottles of water.
Meanwhile his fiance alerted the USCG, who searched both by air and sea. When the sun rose he was fortunately able to make out land in the distance and paddled west toward what turned out to be Mar-a-lago (a plush community in the West Palm area) and headed toward some lighted houses.
He came ashore exhausted and dehydrated and was given some imported sparkling water, then on to the ER of a local hospital who hydrated and released him the same day.
Shupe stated he "...wouldn't think twice" about getting back in a kayak but was overruled by his fiancee and parents, especially cause this wasn't the first time.
Last fall, Shupe launced from Pompano Beach, got caught in a storm and had to be rescued, once again by the USCG. They must have a file on him by now.
If you ask me this is yet another instance of the Jackass Factor. It is also worth noting that his kayak flipped twice, no doubt a measure of the design and/or his lack of skill...
Edited by Capn Jimbo on June 09 2007,11:31
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