Missing kayaker found

Missing kayaker found

There are 22 comments on the WTNH Hartford, New Haven and Connecticut story from Aug 7, 2008, titled Missing kayaker found. In it, WTNH Hartford, New Haven and Connecticut reports that:

The U.S. Coast Guard searched for a missing person in the Long Island Sound near Guilford.

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Newington, CT

#1 Aug 8, 2008
Good he was found. But send him a bill for the rescue. Why should the taxpayers pay for his foolish attempt to cross the water when a storm is approaching.

New York, NY

#2 Aug 8, 2008
I'll never understand a kayak in the ocean. Glad he is safe. Great job to all involved. The dude should to a commercial for his cell phone company.
Then he could donate the $$ to the Coast Guard!

Cheshire, CT

#3 Aug 8, 2008
Just plain nuts...........I been on the water all my life........

United States

#4 Aug 8, 2008
FYI long island sound is not the OCEAN! It was an accident give the kid a break. He is safer kayaking there than in most of the rivers where everybody is crammed in.

Guilford, CT

#5 Aug 8, 2008
way to go guys,, good effort from the rescue crews, especially from madison who spotted him and got him on their boat...

North Billerica, MA

#6 Aug 8, 2008
Im glad they found him and he was at least being safe wearing a life jacket. But, maybe there should be some restitution or volunteering made to the people who helped him.

Melrose, MA

#7 Aug 8, 2008
LJW wrote:
Good he was found. But send him a bill for the rescue. Why should the taxpayers pay for his foolish attempt to cross the water when a storm is approaching.
your tax dollars fund a MULTI BILLION DOLLAR WAR and and a MULTI TRILLION DOLLAR DEBT....

you should just chill out and let this kid get rescued by local professionals doing their job

Warren, NJ

#8 Aug 8, 2008
Damn lucky...guy oughta play 888 on the Daily Lotto today...
Drop the Hammer

New Haven, CT

#9 Aug 8, 2008
I've said it before, I'll say it again..
The US Coast Guard is the finest ocean going service in the world.
Semper Paratus!

Hampton, NH

#10 Aug 8, 2008
LJW wrote:
Good he was found. But send him a bill for the rescue. Why should the taxpayers pay for his foolish attempt to cross the water when a storm is approaching.
What do you think the tax dollars are for then? I can tell you that the tax dollars that go to the Coast Guard are for that reason, Search and Rescue
yea yea

Danbury, CT

#11 Aug 8, 2008
Storms are unpredictable that is why they always tell you there is a chance or percentage for a certain weather situation. Storms come up very fast on the water and sometimes you can't avoid the situation. At least the kid was doing something recreational and not stealing dirtbikes. Glad he is okay and hopefully he will keep a better eye on the doplar.

New Haven, CT

#12 Aug 8, 2008
It's time the CT shoreline has a civilian rescue helicopter. Had that water been 50 degrees he'd be dead in one hour. Why did it take 2-3 hours to find him?

United States

#13 Aug 8, 2008
LJW wrote:
Good he was found. But send him a bill for the rescue. Why should the taxpayers pay for his foolish attempt to cross the water when a storm is approaching.
Since we are CT taxpayers - tell me what the money should go to...there is a budget for everything and may search & rescue be included. The kid did thank everyone who saved him! Must be hard to be so perfect in this life today - since we are billions and trillions in debt fighting a useless war.

Manchester, CT

#14 Aug 8, 2008
ARE YOU NUTS???? KAYAKING to FAULKNERS???? Unless you are some very experienced uber-kayaker, no one should ever try to make it out there. The waves can change with the tide quickly and even big 20-30 ft boats can have issues.

And ewww- that bell buoy of Goose Rocks (end of Sachem Head) is encrusted in black slime and barnacles. I don't even like to look at it close up...

This summer, I've seen more kayakers than ever in that area. That's just fine if you are puttering around close to shore on a calm, low-tide afternoon- but Faulkners, that's just plain stupid.

BTW- cell phones are a POOR excuse for communications on the water. Any boat going as far as Faulkner's needs to have a marine VHF radio and know how to use it.

Brooklyn, NY

#15 Aug 8, 2008
The kid was out just for a bit of recreation. I was out working on dry land that day and because i was running a machine i did not hear the thunder as loudly as i would not using a machine and I almost got struck by lightning. The rescue squads had a great chance to work on their skills in a bit of a more reasonable rescue and not 30 ft seas. Just thank god he is ok.I bet if he put his rain gear up as a sail he would have gone like hell.

Since: May 08

New Haven, CT

#16 Aug 8, 2008
Yes send him the bill for the rescue. Why should we continue to pay for others poor choices. If you are going out on the water you need to have the proper respect for it. That means being very clear on the weather and conditions.

Yes he's only a kid and thankfully he's safe, but his ignorance and neglect could have turned out very badly.

Hope he learned a valuable lesson
best boater

Southbury, CT

#17 Aug 8, 2008
Send him the bill? The bill is already paid. That's why the organizations that assisted him were there to assist him in the first place!!!

That is why they are there! Those guys love to get out, especially in the middle of the day, they live for it.

A sea kayak, which is what he had is a VERY capable vessel in the right hands.

Since: May 08

New Haven, CT

#18 Aug 8, 2008
Glad they love to get out and thankful they are there, but they aren't doing that for free and it's taking other resources away from already stretched town budgets.

Just like the fools who chose to climb East Rock or West Rock or whatever rock and get stuck-they get charged for the bill. If you drive drunk, take down some phone polls or guardrails you are responsible for the cost of replacement.

Why expect taxpayers to foot the bill

Clearwater, FL

#19 Aug 8, 2008
I agree with alot of other posts on lots of different issues. A sea kayak is a good boat, caveat being, "in the right hands" I noticed that one did not have a skirt. Weather must always be checked before departing, CT was well warned of the potential for strong "pop-up storms". Fualkners is a good 4-5 miles off shore and the rips there can be ferocious, don't go there unless you know what you are doing. And compensating rescuers (taxpayers) is not that outrageous. OK I'm done. I'm going kayaking.

United States

#20 Aug 8, 2008
I've kayaked that area myself. It can turn treacherous quickly.

The kid made a foolish decision and was unprepared. Who here hasn't done the same.

Why do people have to use every opportunity to bring up thier feelings about politics and the war? That's pothetic people.

Kudos to the Coast Guard and others involved. It was a good day for rescue training.

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