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Old 08-15-2018, 11:41 AM   #1
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Default Thank You Navarre Beach Fire and Rescue.

Just a reminder that things can go wrong very very quickly.
I took my Yak out 08-14-18 about 2pm from Navarre Beach Pad. Surf report said FLAT but I encountered small waves so I thought. My SOT Sun Dolphin 12' bOSS SS Yak was taking on water without my knowledge. I believe the seals on the hatches are the culprit.
I flipped it about 1/4 mile off shore. My attempts to re-enter the kayak failed because every time I got back on the excessive waterlogged kayak would sink.
I had no choice but to hold on and start back stroking to shore with the kayak in tow. The wind and current were onshore that helped.
The Navarre Beach lifeguards fire and rescue paddled out and met me after maybe after 10 short minutes. They even got a jet ski out there to tow my kayak in for me.
4 guys even helped me drag my kayak full off water back on to the beach.
They even dragged my kayak with an ATV 4 wheeler back to the launch pad so I wouldn't have to drag it through the sand.

It was a hard lesson and I will have to reinspect my kayak to assure it's sealed and water tight before EVER going back out.
I think a bilge pump set up would be a good investment.
God Bless the Navarre Beach Fire Rescue Lifeguards...
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Glad you're ok, I hope you were wearing a life jacket, good to know the lifeguards and fire dept are there if you need them.
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dang, glad you're safe. Some good take-aways from this lesson for the rest of us.
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Glad it turned out for the better.... u loose any gear? And definitely hope you had a PFD on...
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Great job by the first responders. Glad all are safe.
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It's good you hadn't gone to far yet.
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A couple of pool noodles stuffed into the kayak adds flotation in just such a situation.
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