Kayaking Student Rescued by Water Taxi on Hudson River

Wednesday, 03 September 2008
Under the PierIn Saturdays New York Post was a really strange article about a kayaker that was rescued after he capsized in the Hudson River in New York.

According to the article, 65 year old Sabin Danziger was paddling near Pier 61 when he flipped over. After being in the water for over 15 minutes he was fished out of the water by the water taxi.

That sounds like a hundred articles I have read over this summer but then I discovered that according to the article all of this took place during a kayak course.

From the article: Danziger, a corporate headhunter from the Upper East Side, was taking kayaking lessons with wife Ellen at 3:30 p.m. near Pier 61 when he toppled out of his craft.

Anybody who has ever read the news and actually knows the story about what really happened will tell you that the news media often gets the facts mixed up so I have to think that something else was going on but then I read another online article that mentions again that he was participating in a course during the incident.

I have never visited New York City so I jumped on google maps to try to track down the location and the possible paddling school where it took place. It didn't take long to find out that there are several schools right in the neighbourhood.

I wrote to one of the paddling schools hoping to find out some of the details surrounding the incident. After repeated requests over several days, I haven't heard a response yet.

Again, I don't know all the circumstances leading up incident but I just don't understand what possibility could have happened where an instructor didn't know one of his or her students had flipped over or couldn't rescue the person in under 17 minutes. I have heard that the currents in that part of the Hudson River can get really nasty but 17 minutes?

I will update this story if I get any more details.

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Photo Credit:
"Under Pier 40" by mysticchildz

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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