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Old 10-05-2011, 03:02 PM
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Hey guys-

Not sure if you picked up this bit of news or if it's one of us from the board, but stay safe out there. This article caught my attention b/c I'd just been reading threads about Joppa Flats and kayakers and I saw how everyone was talking about how important safety was - wading or in a kayak.

http://www.salemnews.com/local/x5553...-before-rescue
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Old 10-05-2011, 04:37 PM
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He's a lucky man. Props to the Coast Guard for finding him in time.

I can think of 3 things right off the bat that folks should take away from this.

1. Pay attention to small craft advisories. They're usually not joking.
2. Actually wear your life preserver when out on the seas in a small boat and rough water. It's called that for a reason.
3. Always file a 'flight' plan with someone before you leave, and be sure to let them know if your plans change. If something happens and you don't make it back to the dock, this could be the one factor that increases your chances of being found more than anything else. I have a dry erase board on my fridge and even when just going fishing from shore, I write down where I'm going, who I'll be with, and when I plan to return so that my wife has that info handy if she needs it.
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Old 10-05-2011, 05:20 PM
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I have a dry erase board on my fridge and even when just going fishing from shore, I write down where I'm going, who I'll be with, and when I plan to return so that my wife has that info handy if she needs it.
Maybe I should get one of these for my buddy so his old lady will stop calling umpteen times when we're out fishing!!! I tell him THIS is why I don't have an old lady and if she needs to call while we're out fishing that he needs to start bringing her cell phone with him. His reply without fail is "I don't want her calling me while we're fishing" to which I reply "Now you know how I feel."

Ok sorry to jack this thread, I can assure you that it wasn't my intention. I am in no way making light of the importance of safety as I know full well that it's oftentimes something completely avoidable that could be the difference between life and death.
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Old 10-06-2011, 01:08 PM
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Not threadjacking at all - I also very much agree it's a good thing to let people know where you are. It's not like you ever expect that the dangerous situation is going to happen the day you head out.

I've gone out early evening or at night a few times and I know it makes my wife nervous - giving her the where/when/arrival eta is helpful. Since I'm on shore, I'll shoot a text once in awhile to ping her that I didn't get into a fillet knifefight on the beach or anything. That's one suggestion that works well for me.
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