Friday, November 27, 2009

Accident on The Gorge

Two people were pulled from The Gorge Waterway last night, and taken to hospital in critical condition suffering from hypothermia. A third person's body was recovered hours later. They appear to have been in a 10-foot fibreglass dinghy that overturned, and police suggest alcohol might also have played a factor. (Photo from the Victoria Times-Colonist.)
The Gorge is a terrific place to paddle, and we've kayaked here numerous times, including the area where this accident occurred. Being a long inlet, it's easy to forget that this is ocean water that can be brutally cold in the winter when the sun goes down.
Another tragic reminder to dress appropriately when you're out on the water. Dress to get wet. And cold.

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