When I read about a drowning accident involving a canoe or kayak I am always reminded of an experience I had as a young adult paddling a canoe on White Lake. I was paddling a rented canoe and fishing when a motor boat's wake caused the canoe to capsize. I was not wearing a life jacket. Thankfully a class at boy scout camp years before had taught me to right the canoe and to either stay with it or climb back into it and paddle to shore. Most canoes have flotation that keeps them from sinking, even when filled with water. That class saved me from panicking and trying to swim to shore. I lost an open metal tackle box and a fishing pole but fortunately not my life.
I don't know if the victim in this case was wearing a personal flotation device or not, or the circumstances surrounding the accident, but whenever I read about such a drowning I am reminded of that scary incident that dumped me into the ice cold water at White Lake and what COULD have resulted. I often see people paddling kayaks and canoes without a life jacket and it makes me shudder.
Prayers for the family and friends of the victim. So sad that a pleasant day on the water ended in tragedy. May he rest in peace.
They found the poor guy under the canoe. A damn shame. I had a scary situation a Delta a few years ago. We were out on the lake in my 19 ftr when I decided to take a dip. I can swim but I'm not really a strong one. I donned my life jacket, & was enjoying the water when i realized that in a matter of minutes i had floated probably 300-400 ft from the boat. I tried to paddle back but got nowhere. Apparently, there's one hell of an undertow on that lake. The wife had to start the boat & come get me & I was beat. Since that day I've never swam in water over my head withoit a life vest. NYS just passed a law requiring anyone operating a power boat has to take a boater safety course. Considering some of the stupidity from some of these clowns I've witnessed on Oneida Lake, i think it's a good idea.