Heavy offshore winds lead to tragic deaths of 2 sup paddlers; 2 other sup paddlers presumed dead in 3 separate US incidents
In 3 separate incidents across America last weekend, 2 standup paddlers drowned and 2 are missing and presumed drowned…all apparently fell victim to strong offshore winds.
The 2 confirmed deaths were 2 men paddling together on the Connecticut side of Long Island Sound when strong offshore winds blew them toward Long Island: http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/06/14/nyregion/sunset-ride-turns-deadly-for-2-on-windy-long-island-sound.html
Also, last weekend, another sup paddler was missing and presumed lost, this time about 70 miles farther west, on the south side of Long Island, NY: http://www.liherald.com/stories/Paddleboarder-missing-off-Atlantic-Beach,80661
On the West Coast, in strong offshore winds on Lake Tahoe’s western shore, a University of Nevada football player and a group of his fellow football player friends were swept out into the lake…one did not come back; a search continues: http://www.nevadaappeal.com/news/22437490-113/pack-football-player-missing-in-paddle-board-accident
This is a very sobering reminder of the power of offshore winds (blowing from land out to sea). When caught in offshores: lay down and paddle back to shore on your stomach to reduce windage. All of our hearts go out to the family and friends of the victims.
-Clay Feeter, Standup Journal