Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Kayakers Rescued in James River

On June 13, 2011, a Coast Guard boat crew rescued two kayakers from the water near Riverside Beach in Newport News, Virginia. One kayaker had called 911 after their kayak capsized.

A 25-foot response boat from Station Portsmouth responded to the call. The rescue boat crew arrived on scene, located the two kayakers and their kayak, and safely transferred them to a Newport News fire boat that was also dispatched for the rescue.

Also responding were the Virginia Marine Resources Commission and Isle of Wight County rescue boats.

"They both had lifejackets on, and the constant cell phone contact with the dispatcher helped in the quick response of all units involved," said Jerry Besecker, operation unit specialist at Sector Hampton Roads.

source: USCG 5th District press release

Friday, June 10, 2011

Things To Do With Recreational Kayaks

Recreational kayaks are among the most popular of all watercraft. Their light weight, ease of handling and versatility make them an ideal craft for a wide range of activities.

This list highlights uses for recreational kayaks and things to do while kayaking:

exploring local waterways

exercise - kayaking is a great way to exercise

group activities - tours, field trips, etc.

meditation - peace and quiet

sports - fishing, clamming, crabbing, hunting

outdoor hobbies - birdwatching, outdoor photography, en plien air art, camping, picnicking, viewing North American wildlife

science related activities - research, education, environmental studies

transportation - floods, disasters, emergency response, search and rescue