Idiot Dumps Non-Swimming Canoeist in Water Trying to Impress Girls

Monday, 06 June 2011
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What, are we in grade 5 now?

Barry Richardson of Madison, Wisconsin was arrested recently for disorderly conduct when he tried to impress the girls at the beach by swimming out and dumping a non-swimming canoeist into the lake.

A 61-year-old man (who couldn’t swim) and his son were paddling in separate canoes coming back in towards shore. They were about 15 feet from the beach when Barry Richardson decided to jump into the water fully clothed and help the older gentleman out. In the confusion he dumped the canoe over and the gentleman started to panic when he couldn’t touch bottom. Thank goodness he was wearing a properly fitting PFD.

[blockquote]The suspect told police he grabbed the victim's canoe but didn't mean to topple the canoeist into Lake Mendota.

When the son saw his panicked dad trying to get out of the water, he jumped in and confronted the suspect as he got out of the lake.

"The suspect said it was just a funny prank and offered to buy both a drink," DeSpain said. "Socializing with the man who just sent his father into deep water was not what the son had in mind."

Instead, the son pushed the suspect to the ground and waited for police.[/blockquote]

What a jerk.

You can read the full story here.

Flickr Photo Credit: Pulling Dad from his sinking canoe / Ryan Brooks / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

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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