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In the News

A selection of paddling-related news stories.


"Time for a paddling plan for Greens Bayou" (Houston, TX)
"Area canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts could soon have access to a paddle trail system on Greens Bayou. The Greens Bayou Corridor Coalition is partnering with the National Park Service to create a paddle trail strategic plan for the waterway. Their goal is to open the waterway to canoe and kayak paddlers from Beltway 8 and Interstate 45 south to Thomas Bell Foster Park at Normandy and Interstate 10 East..."
Complete story: Houston Chronicle 
Entry contributed by John Rich.

"Hero kayaker battles currents with broken paddle to save trio"
(Ireland)
"A kayaker was hailed a hero for helping save three young men from drowning after a short sea excursion in glorious sunshine almost ended in tragedy. Mark O'Mahony heard cries coming from the sea and raced to get his kayak into the water to go to the men's aid. Incredibly, Mr O'Mahony defied a broken paddle, strong tides and gusting winds to reach the men and help them stay afloat until a lifeboat reached the scene..."
Complete story: Independent.ie
Entry contributed by Paddling.net.

"Marathon Paddler: ‘Amazing Al’ is Ready to Go the Distance" (Michigan)
"There is little to compare with the spectacle at the start of the annual AuSable River Canoe Marathon. Thousands of cheering fans line the river’s banks. Their collective din reaches a crescendo when the start gun goes off as racers run to the river’s edge carrying their canoes, primed for the 120-mile paddling adventure that finishes well after sunrise. Al Widing has been among the toned, young athletes for 40 years, so he’s the oldest paddler in pack. And when the 2013 AuSable River Canoe marathon begins July 27, the 88-year old Mio resident plans to be there again..."
Complete story: Country Lines
Entry contributed by Paddling.net.

"Sixth Grader canoes to school" (England)
"Most schoolchildren travel to school by car, bicycle or on foot, but a Junior School pupil switched land for water last week. Felicity Hannaford, a year 6 pupil, rowed to her school with her father in their canoe as part of the Golden Boot Challenge. The challenge is the biggest school travel competition in the country and the annual challenge aims to encourage children, parents and schools to choose sustainable alternatives to driving to school..."
Complete story: Guardian.co.uk  
Entry contributed by Paddling.net.

"Project CANOE lets city kids rough it in the wilderness" (Canada)
"Project CANOE helps city kids, including troubled youth, to develop life and social skills roughing it in the wilderness while achieving personal goals. It’s outdoor recreational therapy..."
Complete story: TheStar.com   
Entry contributed by Paddling.net.

"Kayak fisherman lands 61-pound wahoo" (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
"Doug Richard got the fight and the ride of his life Sunday morning when he landed a 61-pound wahoo fishing from his kayak. "It was insane," said Richard, of Weston. "It was a monster." Richard needed an hour to land the giant wahoo..."
Complete story: Sun Sentinel
Entry contributed by Paddling.net.

A reminder to be careful out there...

Body found in river ID’d as missing canoeist

Section of river has 2nd death in 2 days

Man dies after being pulled from lake

Air Force Base Airman Dies In Canoe Mishap

Firefighters rescue 2 from flooded river

Police ID man killed in kayaking accident

All of these news stories came from just a single week...

Entry contributed by John Rich.

"Victim: Life jacket saved my life" (Binghamton, NY)
"Leslie Meyer's quiet vacation in the Adirondacks turned upside down when she, her son and her dog went kayaking down a river. "We were out and on a beautiful day and suddenly the weather turned," Meyers said. The 47-year-old Meyers said the current changed on a dime and the boat began quickly filling with water. The kayak flipped over leaving her and her son submerged under the water, but because they were both wearing life jackets they quickly floated to the surface..."
Complete story: WBNG News  
Entry contributed by Paddling.net.