Lessons Learned from Canoe Accidents

Below are a series of paddling accidents around the world and in our own San Francisco Bay Area. These are posted to give you an understanding that we are not immune from accidents and to help the paddler prepare for the unexpected.

September 14, 2009
Fatal Crash Spurs Another Look at Safe Canoe Towing
In the aftermath of the Sept. 6 fatal collision on the Big Island between a breakaway trailer carrying three fiberglass outrigger canoes and an SUV driven by a 49-year-old California man, paddlers across the state are wondering how the accident could have occurred and taking a closer look at the measures they take to safely transport their vessels.
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Towing Your Trailer Safely--Info from the DMV

September 3, 2009
Surfski Paddler Dies at Sea Port Elizabeth
Port Elizabeth, South Africa: The body of 37-year-old Barry Guy Marshall was recovered from the sea 10nm off Port Elizabeth according to NSRI spokesman Craig Lambinon.

August 27, 2009
Canoeist in Sea for 2 hours
A Canterbury man survived nearly two hours in cold seas after being swept from his canoe.

March 31, 2009
Twelve people rescued from water near Oakland Airport
Twelve people were rescued from the water near Oakland Airport last night after their canoes had been swamped by heavy swells.

February 15, 2009
Canoe tragedy leaves one dead in Tomales Bay
A 42-year-old man drowned in Tomales Bay last Saturday while training for a canoe race with a friend. Emergency crews pulled the other man to Hearts Desire Beach and flew him to Petaluma Valley Hospital, where he was treated for severe hypothermia.

February 23, 2009
U.S. Coast Guard Suspends Search for Missing Chuuk Boys in Federated States of Micronesia
The U.S. Coast Guard last night suspended its search for two Chuuk teenage boys who had been missing for more than a week at sea.

October 2, 2008
Canoeist Says Thoughts of Family Helped Him Survive
A man whose outrigger canoe broke apart Tuesday evening off Oceanside said thoughts of his four children helped him survive as he swam for almost three hours in the sea.

July 29, 2008
The Tragedy of Young Lives Lost at Sea
After his outrigger canoe capsized and he disappeared from sight, James Moore still managed to send what would be his last text message to paddling mate Paul Roozendaal. That message asked him to get help.

May 10, 2008
Coast Guard Rescues 6 From Capsized Canoe
Coast Guard crews rescued six people from rough seas Saturday after their outrigger canoe overturned 14 miles south of Maui at approximately 3 a.m.

November 23, 2007
Bodies of Six Men Missing After Dragon Boat Race Recovered in Cambodia
The bodies of five Singaporean men who disappeared when their boat capsized after a holiday race were pulled out of a Cambodian river Sunday, officials said. A sixth body, that of a Cambodian rower, was also found.

June 16, 2007
Coast Guard Rescues Five People From Water
Coast Guard search and rescue crews rescued five people June 16th after their outrigger canoe overturned approximately two miles off Diamond Head.

January 04, 1999
1 Dead, 1 Missing as Canoe Capsizes
One man died and another was missing at sea Sunday after high winds and big waves flipped and broke their 40-foot outrigger canoe near Channel Islands Harbor, throwing all six paddlers into the frigid ocean for several hours.

January 08, 1999
Recalling a Deadly Odyssey
They wanted to be near the water when they told their story. And so, three of the survivors of Sunday's outrigger canoeing accident sat on a weathered picnic table Thursday morning across the channel from the beach where they launched. They recounted what happened when their canoe flipped them into the frigid water and they were washed out to sea.