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As Kayaking Catches Big Wave, Authorities Cite Rookie Risks

Example of Kayaing, this was down Lester River in Duluth Example of Kayaing, this was down Lester River in Duluth |  Photo: WDIO, File

ED WHITE Associated Press
September 08, 2017 04:46 PM

PORT AUSTIN, Mich. (AP) - Kayaking is booming in popularity in the U.S., but authorities say many paddlers aren't measuring the risks, especially in big open water like the Great Lakes.

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The sheriff in Huron County, Michigan, says deputies and a local fire department have assisted roughly 70 kayakers on Lake Huron this year. A 22-year-old man without a life jacket drowned in July.

Sheriff Kelly Hanson says rookie kayakers often aren't ready for sudden changes in weather and other challenges.

A trade group says U.S. kayak sales are up 55 percent since 2009. The U.S. Coast Guard says kayak and canoe deaths represented 22 percent of all U.S. boating-related deaths in 2015 and 2016.

The Coast Guard and Water Sports Foundation created a safety pamphlet to be distributed when a kayak is sold.


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