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Last trip to the CBBT Terry and I were fishing on the ocean side of the first island when we heard someone yelling help, help, help! There were several boats around but no one seemed to respond. We saw a very heavy woman in a Kayak who had just come from the bay side to the ocean side and took a big wave. It tore off her skirt. No, not one she was wearing, the one that keeps water from coming in the opening of the Kayak.

Terry is an avid Kayaker. We motored slowly over to the woman. She was still in her craft but it was full of water. She said if she could hold on to our boat she could empty out the water. As she attempted this move the kayak turned over and she was in the water. Even though she had huge natural "water wings" she seemed not to be able to swim and began to sink. Terry grabbed an arm as she went under. We got her around to the ladder in the stern of my boat and pulled her in. We then emptied the kayak and put it in the bow of my boat.

A near by boater picked up her skirt and we decide to run to the calm bay side to get it. The gal had no PFD, no VHF, no cell phone and no buddy boat. It was windy and about 50 degrees. We offered to call the CG, let her make a call or take her to the western shore; but she refused and said she would be fine. I do not know what she was wearing but we could see bare skin at her waist. I would think she would be very cold. We watched as she paddled off along the bridge and out of sight.

After we ate some lunch, I told Terry we should run towards shore and see if she was OK. She either made it to shore or not. We did not see her again.

I know little about kayaking but think she did some very foolish things. This was a day the camera never made it from the truck to the boat or this story would have been illustrated. She did not seem like an accomplished Kayaker, but throughout the incident she seemed unusually calm. Hope she is OK.
 

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I am disappointed in you Mike. I thought sure you would have an appropriate illustration for this story.
 

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Thank God you where around when that happen or it would had ended up a different story. WTG Bill and you would had thought those huge water wings would had kept her afloat
 

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Maybe her "Water Wings" were defective Bill,should only use coastguard approved flotation device :D

Seriously though,good for you for helping her,that could have turned bad real quick.
 

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Is it just me or does Bill's title of this post say enough. To me it seems that the words Kayak and CBBT should never been in the same sentence, especially when you throw in the "Ocean side".
 

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I wont even kayak in the Magothy without a phone and a handheld VHF... some people are rediculous- Darwinism/natural selection at its best :D:D:D
 

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:popcorn::popcorn::pinch::pinch::popcorn::popcorn:
 

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You probably should have inspected the "water wings' to be sure they were functioning properly before you sent her on her way. :eek:

Seriously, good thing you guys were around to assist WTG :thumbup: I'm kinda surprised after what she went thru she wasn't more anxious to get to shore. Hard to figure women tho.
 

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great job saving the kayaker, maybe she was looking for an available captain to save her.
 

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Big Block out on her kayak,,,,,,,in the ocean,,,,,,,,in January
WTF :confused: Sounds like a great way to kill yourself. Good job on the rescue.
 

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You probably should have inspected the "water wings' to be sure they were functioning properly before you sent her on her way. :eek:

Seriously, good thing you guys were around to assist WTG :thumbup: I'm kinda surprised after what she went thru she wasn't more anxious to get to shore. Hard to figure women tho.
I did all the inspection of that package that I could stand.:eek2:

Actually felt sorry for her. She did not seem to comprehend at all the danger she was in. She kept thanking us over and over but that is about all she would say. We asked where she put in and she named some beach. She did say she dropped over her best rod and reel. A half hour later a bud of mine hooked it and pulled it in. He said it was a thick white rod that could land big sharks.

She asked if we caught any fish and when we told her how many she was shocked. She had not caught any.

Glad to help but the whole thing was strange.
 

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Are you pulling our leg? That is a very bizarre story. I think I would have insisted she not get back in the water and/or called the CG and detailed the situation.
 
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