Tag Archives: Paddling

Indiana already has record number of drownings in 2011

According to a story from WIBC.com, with a bit more than half of 2011 passed, Indiana has already passed the total number of drownings for all of 2010.

We here at WildIndiana had guessed as much when we finally decided early in the summer that we wouldn’t post any further new stories of drownings (unless noteworthy to a state-wide audience) simply because there were too many to cover this year.   It became obvious that we would get nothing done during the summer except post notices of drownings from around the state.

Such news is significant and important but would not be especially entertaining on a website devoted primarily to sharing the joy of the outdoors.

So, if you are an angler, someone who likes to swim in rivers or lakes, a boater, paddler or just someone who is contemplating venturing onto our wild waters, please heed the usual safety advice.   First and foremost, wear your Personal Floatation Device, even if you think it is hot and dorky.

After all, we don’t have that many readers here at WildIndiana.com; we can’t afford to lose too many more.

 Read more:

Recent Drownings Prompt Water Safety Tips | Indy’s News Center – 93.1 WIBC Indianapolis – Live. Local. First..



Photo: (C) Tim Houlihan

Kayakers paddle region’s newest trail

A new route that developers hope will be the “Appalachian Trail” of paddling was officially opened last week.

The Lake Michigan Water Trail was celebrated with ceremonies at Indiana Dune National Lakeshore.   Paddling enthusiasts and Park System planners hope the trail, designated as a National Recreation trail, will eventually offer a 1600-circle loop of Lake Michigan.

The current open segment runs 75-miles from the Chicago lakefront to New Buffalo, Michigan.

Read more: Kayakers paddle region’s newest trail.

Photo: Thruxton via Wikimedia Commons

Try not to drown this weekend; wear your PFD

Unfortunately, with all the outdoor activities this Memorial Day weekend, someone or someones will undoubtedly drown during holiday.  Sadly, nearly all drownings are preventable; just wear your Personal Floatation Device (PFD).

Here is a press release reminder from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources:

Excuses abound for not wearing a life jacket when boating.

“It’s too hot. It doesn’t look cool. I know how to swim. Nothing is going to happen to me.”

That fact is, approximately 700 people, the vast majority of who probably used one of these excuses, drown each year, nationwide, from recreational boating accidents. Don’t be one of them.

Memorial Day weekend days are some of the busiest and most dangerous days of the year for boaters.

Throughout the boating season, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and the National Safe Boating Council (NSBC) remind boaters to WEAR IT and be alert and aware while on the water.

“With boating season starting, now is the time to inspect all safety equipment including life jackets,” said Major Michael Portteus of DNR Law Enforcement. “Take a look at your life jackets to ensure that they are in good condition, and wear them while boating on Indiana waterways this summer.”

For more information about WEAR IT Indiana, visit http://www.in.gov/dnr/lawenfor/5066.htm.


photo illustration: Tim Houlihan

Kayaker dies on Cedar Lake

From the Associated Press via WTHR.com:

HOWE – Authorities say they’re investigating the death of a 61-year-old kayaker in northeastern Indiana.

A news release from Indiana Conservation Officers says Kenneth Anderson of St. John was using a 10-foot kayak on Cedar Lake when he capsized about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. The lake is near Howe, about 45 miles east of South Bend.

Authorities say Anderson had a floatable cushion but not a life jacket. Witnesses say he called for help but slipped under the surface before rescuers arrived.

The release says Anderson was pronounced dead at Parkview Lagrange Hospital. An autopsy is planned Wednesday.

Story Link: Kayaker, 61, capsizes, dies in NE Indiana lake – 13 WTHR.

Body of missing kayaker found in Putnam County

The body of a kayaker missing since last month in Big Walnut Creek has been found near Reelsville.

Indiana Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officers found the body early thursday morning about a half-mile downstream from where David Pritchett disappeared on April 19.

Read more:

Body of missing kayaker found in Putnam Co. creek  | indystar.com.

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