Buddy, we hardly canoe you. This fatal accident happened in the People’s Republic of Massachusetts, where guns aren’t exactly outlawed, but the Attorney General is working on it. (Heil Healey!). The Boston Herald:
WELLESLEY, Mass. — Police are investigating the death of a man who fell out of a canoe on a Wellesley pond.
Officials say the man, whose name has not been released, was a member of a landscaping crew doing work at a home on College Road and took a canoe out on Morses Pond during a break on Tuesday
Police said the man was reported in the water at about 1 p.m. His body was recovered about three hours later some 40 to 50 feet from shore.
An awful lot of drownings do seem to happen within a few strokes of dry land.
An awful lot of drownings do seem to happen to boaters who decline to wear flotation devices.
An awful lot of drownings do seem to happen with novices and canoes. A canoe is actually a very stable lake and riverine craft — if you’re experienced in canoes. If you’re not, swimming and a life preserver may be necessary skills and tools to permit you to develop that experience.
After all, good judgment comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgment.
If you survive.
(Canoe + inexperience + cold water) – (swimming ability + life preserver) = terminal bad judgment. Q.E.D.