Toronto Marine Police Fine Jet Skier for Almost Hitting Sea Kayakers

Saturday, 16 August 2008
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Two good friends of mine were out paddling in the inner harbour of Toronto two weeks ago when they were almost run over by someone riding in a personal watercraft...

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Location of where the incident took place in the Toronto Harbour.
Two good friends of mine were out paddling in the inner harbor of Toronto two weeks ago when they were almost run over by someone riding in a personal watercraft.

They were paddling back towards home after going through the Eastern Gap which leads into the inner harbour. Behind them a large boat passed them throwing up a large wake. Out of nowhere a jet ski jumped over the boats wake and came within about 15 feet of the paddlers. The rider had to do some quick maneuvering. He spun his craft around and put on the gas to stop his forward momentum. As he took off, he sprayed one of my friends with the water coming out of the jet.

Really shaken up, they grabbed their VHF radios and called into the marine police who sent out a boat right away to try to track the watercraft down. While the marine police were coming out, a sailboat radioed in that he was also tracking the personal watercraft over towards Cherry beach which was about a kilometer away.

It ended up that the police caught the personal watercraft operator and fined them for various offences which totaled up to $550.

It's a great ending for what could have been a very scary story.

It turned out much better then another family friend of my parents who were out fishing last summer when a large power boat ran them over and cut their small aluminum boat in half. Thank goodness they jumped free in time and were uninjured.

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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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