This video showcases a wild incident on the water between 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. In this case it didn’t veer off, leading to a really close call. The boats do collide, but if the angler had not pedalled himself out of there he likely would have been hit head on, with the potential for a very different—and tragic—result.
The footage from this incident provides a good reminder to always be aware when on the water. If you prepare ahead of time, you will be more ready to act in circumstances where you must make a move to save yourself. Also, great to see a PFD being worn. It may have saved the angler’s life if he was knocked into the water.
The silver lining to this story is that the shaken-up angler, host of the Die Hard Fishing YouTube channel, ended 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.