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Luckiest man in the Pacific!

Here's a tale of what can happen when you don't secure your kayak above high tide. The result: stranded on Spring Island in the Mission Group off Kyuquot Sound.

The following is the report from West Coast Expeditions:

Last week, Comox Valley photographer Martin Ryer (www.mryer.com) found himself stuck on Spring Island without a paddle. His boat and the driftwood it was tied to floated off in the night. He found his boat down the beach, but lost his paddle. He then scoured the island for a solution (while enjoying the sights) and found our camp and an old canoe paddle stashed for the winter. He described jumping up and down as though he’d won the lottery!! The luckiest man in the Pacific then made his way to Kyuquot for a water taxi ride out! Lessons: store your boat high, tie it to something solid, carry a spare paddle and VHF, and take lots of great photos to get you through the experience! Thanks for sharing your story and these images Martin, and for letting us know where to find the canoe paddle we’ll be looking for next week!

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