Authorities searching for kayaker who...

Authorities searching for kayaker who fell into Livermore lake

There are 5 comments on the Contra Costa Times story from Jun 16, 2013, titled Authorities searching for kayaker who fell into Livermore lake. In it, Contra Costa Times reports that:

Authorities are searching for a 30-year-old man who fell out of a kayak and disappeared at Lake Del Valle on Sunday afternoon.

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Since: Mar 11

Livermore 94551

#1 Jun 16, 2013
Didn't they both have life jackets, Bright colored life jackets that would make someone easy to spot?
Linda

Livermore, CA

#2 Jun 17, 2013
Yes, but your not required to wear the life jacket if you are over 13 years old.

You are only required to have one jacket for every passenger on the vessel 'available' for their use if needed.

Sad story...
Ocean kayaker

Santa Cruz, CA

#3 Jun 19, 2013
Another news outlet reported he had been wearing a life jacket, but took it off to swim to shore. Doesn't make a lot of sense. Tragic story. Hope the East Bay Park cops can bring some closure to the family, but if the water is cold it will take some time.

Since: Mar 11

Livermore 94551

#4 Jun 19, 2013
Ocean kayaker wrote:
Another news outlet reported he had been wearing a life jacket, but took it off to swim to shore. Doesn't make a lot of sense. Tragic story. Hope the East Bay Park cops can bring some closure to the family, but if the water is cold it will take some time.
I also heard the same thing on the news. I'm not sure what prompted him to take off his life jacket while trying to get to shore..maybe it was hindering his swimming ability?

Since: Oct 10

Location hidden

#5 Jun 24, 2013
Over-confidence in one's own abilities is probably the largest single factor in drowning deaths. Second would be intoxication/influence of drugs. Although #2 can certainly be the cause of #1.

When it comes to drowning in the water, there are few true "accidents"...but lots of poor choices.

In any case...sad for that family and the gal that watched her brother drown. Hopefully she will not carry any guilt around with her over this accident; it is the sibling's role to look after each other, but you can't save people from their themselves all the time. The most you can do is hope they are intelligent enough or value your opinion enough to respect it if you say something like "I don't think that's a good idea", or "I wouldn't do that if I was you". Or if you're siblings, I guess you could be a bit stronger about it, like "Are you crazy! Don't take off your vest!"

Who knows.

I find it interesting this story reports the man fell off the two-person kayak and drowned, while the other story reports that he jumped out of his own volition and swam to shore without his vest. I think it unlikely that just one occupant of a 2-person kayak could fall overboard but not the other one. It would be hard enough for one occupant to exit the kayak willingly without the other one getting tipped out too.

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