Shackled juvenile fails in attempted kayak escape

Tuesday, 13 November 2007
Leg ShacklesI saw this article today and yes, it made me chuckle. The same kind of chuckle as when somebody trips while crossing the road in front of your car. I won't apologize; I think it's sometimes funny.

On Monday night, a teen from Newport News Juvenile Detention Center escaped custody briefly on Monday night but was recaptured when he took a stolen kayak onto the James River and became stranded.

It seems that he was being transported back to the detention center after a visit to the local hospital when he escaped on foot with his leg shackles still on.

Witnesses at the scene said the teen had taken a kayak onto the river but became stranded. Police rescued him from the water shortly after midnight.

I would suggest that the teen takes lessons from a local kayak school so the next flee from custody will be more successful.

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David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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