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In the News

A selection of paddling-related news stories.

"Century old canoe joins museum collection" (Canada)
"This summer the Whistler Museum had the opportunity to acquire something truly special: a canoe. But not just any old canoe. No, this is a 1916 beautifully restored Peterborough cedar-strip canoe..."
Complete story: Question
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"Angler launched from kayak by shark strike" (San Francisco, CA)
"A kayak fisherman near San Francisco was launched from his 12-foot vessel when a shark struck from below, according to a report in the Santa Cruz Sentinel.  'The impact felt like being hit by a car,' said the angler, who was able to climb back aboard and make it to shore..."
Complete story: Pete Thomas Outdoors
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"Fisherman survives whale curiousity" (Australia)

"Jeff Sheppeard has seen plenty of whales while fishing from his sea kayak - but never as up close and personal as this.  The 40-year-old was fishing about 800m off Gerringong last week when two juvenile humpback whales began frolicking nearby. What began as an awe-inspiring display quickly turned hair-raising as the whales closed in on his kayak..."

Complete story: Daily Telegraph
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"Body of father of four recovered after canoe accident" (Ashburn, VA)
"The Ashburn community is rallying around Tony DiGiovanna's family Monday after the 49-year-old father of four reportedly drowned in a canoe accident... His 7-year-old son was rescued by bystanders who jumped into the cold water after the family's canoe capsized. The son had a life vest, Tony did not.  Some bystanders on the shore helped the son to safety.  But Tony did not make it back..."
Complete story: Viva Loudoun
Entry contributed by John Rich.

"Man rescued after kayak capsizes" (Portsmouth, VA)
"A Coast Guard spokesman says a Pennsylvania man's life jacket gave rescuers time to reach him after his kayak capsized in the cold water of a Virginia marsh. Lt. Jack Smith says in a news release that the life jacket probably saved the man's life..."
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"Paddlers hope for clarity" (New Zealand)
"Paddleboarders hope to convince the Queenstown Lakes District Council today they should be exempt from wearing life jackets in the southern lakes..."
Complete story: Otago Daily Times
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"James Baker to head major coastal project" (Houston, TX)
"Bringing to reality a four-county coastal recreation area that will form a buffer to protect the Houston area from catastrophic storm surges will be the task of influential former Secretary of State James Baker and Houston businessman John Nau...  The area includes several bird-watching destinations and offers opportunities for coastal kayaking, hiking, hunting, fishing and tourism at historic sites, Baker and Nau said in a statement..."
Complete story: Houston Chronicle
Entry contributed by John Bartos.

"U.S. proposes unmanned border entry with Mexico" (Big Bend National Park, TX)
"In this rugged, remote West Texas terrain where wading across the shallow Rio Grande undetected is all too easy, federal authorities are touting a proposal to open an unmanned port of entry as a security upgrade.  By the spring, kiosks could open up in Big Bend National Park allowing people from the tiny Mexican town of Boquillas del Carmen to scan their identity documents and talk to a customs officer in another location, at least 100 miles away..."
Complete story: Fox News
Entry contributed by John Rich.

"Kayakers eager to tackle rapids unseen in 200 years" (Cuyahoga Falls, OH)
"The city hopes to celebrate its bicentennial next summer with a sight unseen since the year the town was founded: the whitewater of a free-flowing Cuyahoga River. Officials say the removal of two downtown dams not only will improve the habitat for plants and wildlife, but also will create new recreational opportunities, including Class 4 and 5 rapids for kayakers..."
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"Kayakers Plunge 90ft Over Noccalula Falls" (Noccalula, Alabama)
"'I'd like to report some crazy people going over the falls,' Noccalula Falls supervisor Janet Terrance told the 911 dispatcher after three kayakers plunged over the 90-foot falls... on purpose.  The three North Carolina men were unharmed and caught the wild feat on camera, posting it on Vimeo Dec. 3. Since then, the remarkable footage has garnered over 67 thousand views..
Complete story, with video: IBTraveler
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"From Wisconsin to the Gulf: by canoe, journey takes 80 days" (Waterford, WI)
"Dan Belden didn’t quite go around the world in 80 days like Jules Verne’s fictional heroes, but he just finished a trip almost as adventurous.  For the past 2½ months, the Waterford man spent every day with nothing beneath his feet but river and a canoe bottom, on a one-man journey from Waterford to the Gulf of Mexico. And usually, with just a tent over his head at night..."
Complete story: The Journal Times
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