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Boating Story

Dick Conant, the Missing Boater - The New Yorker
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I just couldn't keep reading it after a while and skipped to the end. Did they find out what happened to him soemwhere in the the long article?

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I just couldn't keep reading it after a while and skipped to the end. Did they find out what happened to him soemwhere in the the long article?
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Thanks for sharing the link. Quite an interesting read about an equally interesting guy.
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Re: Boating Story

Kayaking or canoeing in open cold water and waves can be deadly and this gentleman was definitely pushing his luck. Another sad kayaking story here: Douglas Tompkins, co-founder of North Face, dies in kayak accident

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Kayaking or canoeing in open cold water and waves can be deadly and this gentleman was definitely pushing his luck. Another sad kayaking story here: Douglas Tompkins, co-founder of North Face, dies in kayak accident
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Re: Boating Story

From the descriptions in the article it appeared that the canoe was somewhat overloaded. The author mentioned it having minimal freeboard. The paddler came across as being a generally nice guy, hanging on as best he could while suffering from a variety of problems. One or several of them - sickness, tiredness, darkness, bad weather, poor judgement - may have combined to end his trip. Or he may have decided to go find Tracy. Swift passage, Dick Conant.
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