Word Of Mouth

Posted: Tuesday, June 25, 2002

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This letter is intended for the kayaking group responsible for conducting classes near the North Douglas boat ramp. On Sunday, my family spent the day fishing in this same area. There were many other boaters in this small area of water fishing for salmon that are available for a relatively short period of time. You created a dangerous situation for all involved. By taking your students into the middle of these circling boats, you created obstacles to oncoming boats, many of which had to alter their course to avoid a mishap. It might not have been as difficult to share this area with you were it not for the many beginning kayakers who didn't know what they were doing or where they were going. Others appeared to be passing in front, only to stop and listen for further directions from instructors. At times, the instructors would even stop in front of oncoming boats or dodge in and out or between them. You are assuming a great liability on your part in conducting classes in an area heavily frequented by salmon fishermen at this time of the year. Please move your classes to another area during these salmon runs and create a safer environment for all involved. Thank you.

Sue Reishus-O'Brien

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