Man dies after kayak capsizes in West...

Man dies after kayak capsizes in West Palm Beach canal

There are 24 comments on the South Florida Sun-Sentinel story from Jul 13, 2008, titled Man dies after kayak capsizes in West Palm Beach canal. In it, South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that:

Authorities say a man kayaking in a South Florida canal died after the vessel capsized.

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i would

Pompano Beach, FL

#2 Jul 13, 2008
be willing to lend my kayak to any quat in LW who can certify that he can't swim
Just Brilliant

West Palm Beach, FL

#4 Jul 13, 2008
What the hell, man? Who goes kayaking and then can't swim?

Wouldn't you think that if a news agency was going to cover this story, they'd endeavor to get a LITTLE more detail than this?

“MANGLER”

Since: Dec 06

Atlanta, GA / Seattle, WA

#6 Jul 13, 2008
If a witness sees a kayaker go under and not pop back up ... rather than call 911 and wait an hour, shouldn't they run out to the canal and try to help? I've never seen a canal in South Florida that raged like a river. Jump in and try to flip him or unzip him.
Huh

Deerfield Beach, FL

#7 Jul 13, 2008
How could you possibly drown? Was it the kind where your feet are inside? I guess if you are stuck inside of it, thats why I like the ones where you sit on top.
Brian

United States

#8 Jul 13, 2008
What a bad way to go.
nolifevest

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#9 Jul 13, 2008
was he using a life vest?
Just Brilliant

West Palm Beach, FL

#11 Jul 13, 2008
Huh wrote:
How could you possibly drown? Was it the kind where your feet are inside? I guess if you are stuck inside of it, thats why I like the ones where you sit on top.
Anyone who would be kayaking in a cockpit boat ("the kind where your feet are inside") ought to know and be trained/proficient in "Eskimo roll" maneuvers. And even with a cockpit boat, you should be able to exit without much difficulty even if you can't Eskimo roll.

Who was this guy? What was his background? Was he drunk or on drugs? There's SO much missing about this story.
Scooter

Boca Raton, FL

#12 Jul 13, 2008
Sounds like self inflicted water-boarding.
Ali

Powder Springs, GA

#13 Jul 13, 2008
He said he can swim when he borrowed the kayak from his neighbor. Now we all know the truth.
POP

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#14 Jul 13, 2008
Why would you go kayaking if you can't swim. Or if you couldn't, not have a life vest. I wonder if he was fiends with that guy that got his arm chewed of by that gator two weeks ago?
boater in south florida

Pompano Beach, FL

#16 Jul 13, 2008
We have a 28 foot boat along with a kayak that i take out in the ocean. Something stinks about this story.

Maybe a boat hit him!!!
Crazy Haitian Lady

Pompano Beach, FL

#17 Jul 13, 2008
Here we go some more (again).
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We must ban all non-auto vehicles. This was a tragedy that could have been avoided if dat man not got into an non-auto vehicle. Concerned one. Tell dem all bout it.
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I SPEAK ONLY FACTS
Billy Bob

San Jose, CA

#19 Jul 13, 2008
There is a technique to roll a
kayak.
The Inuits are masters of this.

It is a tragic death and I am sorry for it.
Crazy Inuit Lady

Pompano Beach, FL

#20 Jul 13, 2008
Billy Bob wrote:
There is a technique to roll a
kayak.
The Inuits are masters of this.
It is a tragic death and I am sorry for it.
Yeah...and I am giving lessons now. Any takers?
Reality

Miami, FL

#21 Jul 13, 2008
The dude was throwing a cast net while on the boat..That's the story from other newspapers.. Not a good idea, and can't swim either?? Paid for it with his life.
delray beach

Spartanburg, SC

#22 Jul 13, 2008
Bobby wrote:
You're all idiots. The story doesn't say he couldn't swim, and swimmers can still drown. Maybe he got stuck and couldn't get out of the kayak after it flipped. A life jacket might not help much either if he was stuck. And it also doesn't say that the witness saw the kayak capsize. He was probably already dead at that point. Take your 2nd grade reading comprehension levels and do-it-yourself detective work and stuff it up your a$$es.
Ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha!! Most the people that post on here are completely ignorant. I think they are all Jerry Springer cast offs. Of course that does not include you or me.
Macumazahn

Delray Beach, FL

#23 Jul 13, 2008
I'm an enthusiastic kayaker. I've been out on the ocean in 3-foot seas (okay, that's not much fun), and back in the 'Glades where the alligators are damn' near thick enough to walk on. I've never been on a canal more than about twenty feet wide. How the heck do you drown within ten feet of shore, with a floating kayak to hold on to?
I can't do the Eskimo Roll either, but I have rolled; I can get out and get back in. It ain't that complicated.
Just Brilliant

West Palm Beach, FL

#25 Jul 13, 2008
Bobby wrote:
You're all idiots. The story doesn't say he couldn't swim, and swimmers can still drown. Maybe he got stuck and couldn't get out of the kayak after it flipped. A life jacket might not help much either if he was stuck. And it also doesn't say that the witness saw the kayak capsize. He was probably already dead at that point. Take your 2nd grade reading comprehension levels and do-it-yourself detective work and stuff it up your a$$es.
Ok, you can ditch the hostility. Maybe you should get your fat, lazy @-$$ out on a kayak and find out how easy it is to manage NOT to flip them. You have to intend to--at least, if you're on flat water like a canal. Sure, rough seas or whitewater are different, but are those present in a canal?
NY BAD I FROM FLORIDA

Delray Beach, FL

#26 Jul 13, 2008
PROBABLY FROM NEW YORK ITS BAD PEOPLE FROM THEIR FLORIDA BORN HERE PEOPLE DON'T DO THAT
World Adventurer

United States

#27 Dec 29, 2009
Time To learn From This man's Mistake. If You Do Not Wear A Proper Sized And Certified, Working Condition Life Vest, Certified For your body Weight, It Simply Cannot Work. The Darwin theory in action here. Lucky for the rest of us, no one else got hurt.

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