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Sun June 5, 2011
Kayaker who shuns lifejacket, ends up needing lifejacket
Sometimes getting caught can be a good thing.
A kayaker on the Manistee River in the northwestern Lower Peninsula recently was stopped by officers who were checking canoes and kayaks for safety equipment. The Department of Natural Resources says a man was adamant that he didn't need a life jacket or any other flotation device.
Just moments later, he flipped his kayak and landed in 51-degree water. Conservation officers Steve Converse and Sam Koscinski pulled him into their patrol boat and took him to shore.
And after they warmed him up, they wrote the kayaker a ticket for no personal flotation device.
Here are some kayak safety tips from the Chicago Area Sea Kayakers Association.