Monday, June 20, 2011

Kayaking waters cold, fast, deadly

It’s no secret that Northern Californian waters are running fast and cold right now. But here’s a tragic story from Yuba County that underscores the potential dangers for kayakers.

A teen and his stepfather lost their lives on Sunday while kayaking on the Yuba River, as reported by the Marysville Appeal-Democrat. The 17-year-old was caught by the swift current running over the Daguerre Point Dam. His 43-year-old stepfather, in a separate kayak, tried to save him. Both were swept over the 20-foot dam and died as their family watched helplessly.

Local authorities said fast water, cold shock, and the victims’ unfamiliarity with the river conditions all were factors in the tragedy. California river kayaking deaths