July 20, 2018
PADDLING ACCIDENTS EPISODE 2 DUNGENESS SPIT, WASHINGTON
By SUP Magazine
Accidents happen. And they can happen unexpectedly to even the most seasoned paddlers, and on any type of water. Sometimes it’s better to not look away, but rather, to take a second, closer look at what exactly went wrong. By examining the full situation, and determining the critical decisions involved (and their consequences), we can learn to make the choices that matter most. With that hope of helping paddlers make that next safe choice, we’ve been working in partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard to present our new four-part Paddling Accidents video series. In each episode, we cast the spotlight on real paddlers recounting an everyday experience on the water gone awry that resulted in rescue. Survivors and witnesses alike relive difficult stories in order to share an important lesson.
In this second installment, survivors recount how a group paddle at Dungeness Spit, Washington turned deadly for two people. Dennis Caines was one of seven paddlers that took part in a church group’s organized kayak excursion to a lighthouse in April 2015. Caines recalls how the day started with sunny skies and calm water conditions, but as an afternoon storm rolled in, conditions quickly turned dire.
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