Learning the rules of the water in a kayak

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All vessels have rules to follow and their navigators, both big and small, need to be on constant watch.

Erik Baard with HarborLab works to promote awareness on the water. He recommends kayaking as a group and always using a Marine Radio to check in with other crafts.

“Be seen. Be heard. Assume you are not seen, not heard,” says Baard.

On Wednesday evening, about 10 kayakers collided with a ferry boat on the Hudson River. There were several injuries. The cause has not been determined and the investigation is continuing.

Baard says the incident should not erase Manhattan Kayak Company’s great work, especially since the cause is not yet known. The kayak company resumed service Thursday evening. The ferry company is also cooperating with the inquiry.

Reports have indicated, when the kayak and ferry boat crashed, the setting sun could have cast a glare on the Hudson River.

Channels are marked by buoys. Vessels are permitted to cross the river from New York to New Jersey.

PIX11’s Greg Mocker went for a paddle in Newtown Creek which connects to the East River to discuss the activity and its popularity along the New York and New Jersey shorelines.

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