A tragedy was averted yesterday when 5 paddlers were rescued from tumultuous seas just outside the Hag�t�a Boat Basin. Their canoe was swamped by the high seas prevalent on the western coast this week. Luckily, an off-duty fireman was nearby and paddled out on his surfboard to rescue the paddlers.
The ocean is nothing to fuck around with. I’ve known too many people who drowned or were lost at sea, including a similar situation with paddlers losing their canoe in high seas. If you go out over the reef in a canoe, take PFD’s for Christ’s sake. Especially if you go out in the locally produced canoes; those things were designed for flat water inside the reef, not open ocean swells.