Power boater hits and kills kayaker but not responsible because kayaks don’t have right-of-way?

Thursday, 20 January 2011
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This is the type of thing that brings my blood to a boil quick.

The lawyer for a man ticketed after his power boat hit a kayak on Lake George, New York, killing the kayaker, is asking that the charge be dismissed because the state navigation law doesn't apply to kayaks.

The lawyer is arguing that the operator isn't responsible because kayaks are not specifically mentioned in the regulations and thus not entitled to the right of way that sailboats have. Of course the Assistant District Attorney disagrees.

The full story is here.

David Johnston

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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