Video: Kayak Angler Hit By Motor Boat

A scary close call on the water

This video showcases a crazy incident with a motorboat and a kayak angler. Many people have had that scary feeling when a boat looks like it is coming straight for you but then veers off in another direction. This was a really close call. The boats do collide, but if the angler did not pedal himself out of there, the boat likely would have hit him dead on which would have been a very different situation.

This shows as a good reminder to always be aware when on the water. Obviously this was the motorboat that was at fault but accidents do happen and if you are prepared, you are better off to make a move to save yourself. Also great to see him wearing a PFD which may have saved his life if he was knocked into the water.

The shining light in this story is that the angler from youtube channel, Die Hard Fishing, did end up catching a personal best Lingcod to end the day. We also hope the boat owner eventually came around and would offer to pay for damages to the kayak.

6 COMMENTS

  1. While watching this video I noticed this angler was wearing dark colors that don’t stand out.I also deer hunt and wear blaze orange when required. When I kayak I wear a blaze orange hat and shirt or a bright chartreuse green shirt to be seen. You might want to consider that when out on busy waters!

  2. As a “kayaker” fishing in a boat traffic area, perhaps using a flex flag to make you more visible might be advisable…especially if there are complete idiots like those boaters out there on the water. Also it reveals the limiting maneuverability of these pedal platforms and ability to turn the “kayak” quickly with a sweep/lean stroke that an actual kayaker is capable of performing.

  3. Very close call… but as a boat operator and kayaker as well…we should always mark flag on board kayak with flags to increase are visablity on water..

  4. There is absolutely no excuse for the actions of the boater. However as a fellow kayaker, why would you go on the open water without a high visibility flag on your kayak? And I didn’t see a whistle within quick reach tied to the life jacket. But good on him for having a bilge pump and vhf radio. You only have one life guys. Take precautions when out on the water and live to yak another day!

  5. I do a lot of kayak fishing out on the Chesapeake Bay with lots of boat traffic. I have two flags on 6 ft. poles on my yak. One is a red pirate flag and the other the stars and bars. They never get missed and would make Francis Scott Key proud.

  6. Many people avoid purchasing a boat because of lack of storage. Even small kayaks and canoes take up a lot of space in a home or garage. Inflatable boats and rafts solve the storage issues while still allowing people to enjoy time on the water. Inflatable boats come in all shapes and sizes and serve different purposes. They re typically made from a special type of rubber called CSM or Neoprene, which both offer durability in all types of water environments. Inflatable boats range in size from small inflatable kayaks to much larger inflatable boats fitted with outboard motors. These types of boats are cost-effective and space-saving options for people interested in owning a boat.

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