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In the News

A selection of paddling-related news stories.


"A Year Without Fear"
"Scott Adams (the Dilbert cartoonist) decided that it was time to confront his aversion to physical risk. What might some audacity and adventure bring? A few minor injuries, he reports, but also the pleasure of overcoming anxiety and apprehension. He writes: "Experts say that people need to try new challenges to keep their minds sharp. That's especially important in my case because I plan on living to 140, and I don't want to spend my last 60 years trying to find the TV remote." Read all about his whitewater excursion, ATV trek and zip line trip from last year..."
Complete story: Wall Street Journal
Entry contributed by Paddling.net.

"Kayaker completes 420-mile adventure in the Gulf" (Florida)
"Pine Island's Nathan Jangraw picked an unusual mode of transportation to get back home from college this winter. He kayaked. Jangraw paddled 420 miles by himself from a state park near Tallahassee. The 20-year-old spent 18 days, including Christmas Day, paddling his yellow 17-foot kayak in the Gulf of Mexico. Jangraw, a University of West Florida senior, ran out of water at one point and had to use a makeshift desalinator to turn seawater into fresh water..."
Complete story: News-Press
Entry contributed by Paddling.net.

"Kayak Fisherman Rescues Dog" (Sarasota, FL)
"A fisherman kayaking on the Gulf of Mexico over the weekend made one catch he'll never forget -- a dog swimming for his life off the Siesta Key coast. What initially seemed like a bizarre rescue actually took place following a horrific tragedy, when a drunk driver fatally struck the dog's owner in a hit-and-run accident approximately one mile from the shore..."
Complete story: Huffington Post
Entry contributed by Paddling.net.

"Man fakes death in kayak" (Princeton, MN)
"The Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a kayak found on the west shore of Lake Mille Lacs. The kayak was found overturned with a gunshot hole near the back. Inside the kayak was a firearm and a suicide note indicating Travis Scott took his life. 


"It appears that Scott left the kayak on Mille Lacs Lake, made his way to shore and then flew a small plane to the outskirts of Winnipeg... The man was a suspect in an $8 million insurance fraud scheme.."
Complete story: Union-Eagle
Entry contributed by Paddling.net.

"A 1,500-Mile Trip by Sea Kayak" (Artic circle)
"Opposite Greenland along the ice-choked Nares Strait, Ellesmere is the northernmost isle of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago and the most mountainous island in the Arctic Circle. 'It’s stacked with fatty mountains,”'Boomer said. Ellesmere, the world’s 10th largest island, is also something of a jewel of Arctic exploration, its rugged and icebound 1,500-mile perimeter rarely traveled before.

"Unlikely partners, Boomer, a 26-year-old photographer and rising figure in whitewater kayaking, and Turk, 65, an author, scientist and veteran of far-flung adventures, were attempting to complete what is believed to be the first circumnavigation of the island..."

Complete story: New York Times

Entry contributed by Harmon Everett.

"N.J. man leaves friend to drown" (Berkeley, NJ)
"A New Jersey man has admitted leaving his friend to drown in Barnegat Bay after their canoe capsized as they celebrated their high school graduation.  Authorities said the 18-year-old and childhood friend Ryan Worrall had been drinking when they got in the canoe and it capsized on June 10.  Murphy says he just went home..."
Complete story: NJ.com
Entry contributed by John Rich.

"Man tries to escape police by paddling" (Olympia, WA)
"A routine domestic violence investigation ended with an unusual escape attempt Monday when a Thurston County man tried to paddle a kayak to freedom across Budd Inlet. The chase started around 3 p.m. when detectives investigating a protection order violation showed up at a home on Budd Street NW, according to Thurston County Sheriff's Lt. Greg Elwin. The man fled out the back door toward a beach and launched a neighbor's kayak into Budd Inlet..."
Complete story: KOMO News
Entry contributed by Paddling.net.