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Massive understatement: "Kayakers killed at Dungeness Bay weren’t prepared for storm"


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A said story based purely around not knowing what you don't know. Hopefully, the workshops and outreach programs that we do each year have some effect in reducing the number of these incidents.

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The story is both fascinating and very tragic. Understanding the value of a dry suit is only part of the equation. I would be curious to know if our readers routinely use the weather data available from the National Weather Service (NWS) to minimize the risk of this type of tragedy here in New England.

Seems to me the NWS offices in Seattle/Tacoma do a great job issuing the marine forecast via their Area Forecast Discussions (AFD). They really help the boating community understand the weather patterns in advance, especially in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Take a look at the discussion issued this morning. You would be at great risk to go paddling in Dungeness Bay at this time.

Here in New England, I would guess most of us use the AFDs out of the Boston, Portland and Caribou offices. If not, it might be a useful habit to develop.


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