laz wrote: .... Hardly made it back, only made it back my realizing that laying on back and paddling that way is efficient ...
True dont go out and do dumb things and expect someone will save you. But if you are in an unfortunate situation and you are waving your hands signaling distress there is no excuse for those who see you to either offer assistance or call for the authorities to rescue them.hightimes wrote:Never assume that people are gonne help you.
If you had died it would have been your own mistake.
Nobody to blame but yourself.
When you go out to sea be prepared to swim or have some kind of device to warn the authorities.
Most people dont even know how to help you when shit happens.
Most kiters are land lubbers that cant even swim 10 yards.
Ive also had to swim a couple of miles upwind and had to say goodbye to my kite.
It's part of the game.
Glad youre alive though.
A personal locator beacon alerts authorities and guides them to you even if you're miles away from the nearest person- so it's not really comparable to a flare. A flare could be useful, though.alexeyga wrote:And how about always carrying with you something as simple as one of these toxic-red man overboard/life distress flares?
Seems like something a lot more visually-noticeable than all that high-tech mumbo-jumbo like personal location beacons and stuff?
Dodged a similar bullet recently - so it made me wonder...