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Monday, July 20, 2015

Boaters: Wear your PFDs!


After all the deaths due to drowning earlier this year on the Susquehanna, it was a welcome relief to read about the outcome of this boating accident last week.

SUSQUEHANNA TWP., Dauphin County, Pa. — Rescuers pulled a pair of kayakers off the rocks they were stranded on this morning in the Susquehanna River. The kayakers, a father and son,  managed to get on the rocks a few hundred yards north of the Rockville Bridge after they flipped their kayak. They apparently had trouble negotiating the rapids between Fort Hunter and the bridge, according to rescue personnel. Both were wearing life preservers and avoided injury.

Over the years, I've gone for several unanticipated swims while kayaking and wading along the shoreline. Most events were in rapids, and I was wearing a PFD every time. I hope you never find yourself in a similar situation, but if you do, I truly hope you and your fellow water enthusiasts are wearing a PFD.

Have a great week, folks.
    

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