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Re: Ocean kayak rescue
"Yeah, but a well planned expedition and a poorly planned one are completely different animals."
"Surviving 12 days on an open ocean in a kayak does require quite a bit of skill and smarts," Not really. If you know how to keep your balance and either not roll the boat, or roll it properly, how much skill and smarts is involved? You're not hunting game, you're sitting in a box eating supplies you brought along.
Less body skill than a gymnast, less hunting skill than the average "tribesman", and apparently enough smarts to know he was about to kill himself. Oh, but not until twelve days into the trip. Coulda been a thousand miles offshore instead of 60, just pure luck it wasn't.
" so this guy is not some inept loser. " We've got no reason to make a call on that. But inept, well, yes because his plans didn't work at all. All we know is that he can paddle a kayak, or at least sit in one.