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Lake Michigan Kayaker Gets a Shock

Chicago man met a 4-foot alligator on Monday

(Newser) - A kayaker hoping to reel in some salmon on Lake Michigan instead found himself face-to-snout with a 4-foot alligator on Monday. David Castaneda was fishing off Waukegan Harbor when he spotted the reptile swimming slowly with its mouth taped shut, reports the Lake County News-Sun . "I was just in... More »

Seal, Octopus, Kayaker Make for Riveting Footage

Kyle Mulinder got up close and personal with some marine life

(Newser) - Take that! We can only imagine that's what a seal was thinking when he slapped a kayaker in the face with an octopus over the weekend. Kyle Mulinder was kayaking off the coast of New Zealand's South Island with a group of GoPro content creators, Time reports, when... More »

Mom Only Survivor in Family Kayaking Trip Gone Wrong

Cari Mews loses husband, 3 children in Lake Superior tragedy

(Newser) - It was a small flash of light, likely from her cellphone, that helped rescuers locate Cari Mews in Lake Superior Thursday night, suffering from hypothermia six hours after her kayak had capsized. But while the 29-year-old Wisconsin mom was lucky to be found in time, the other members of her... More »

Kayaker Dies a Hero After Whirlpool Opens Up

Arkansas man helped 2 caught near whirlpool

(Newser) - Arkansas officials have a message for boaters on the popular Spring River: Stay away from the Dead Man's Curve area near Saddler Falls. Officials say a kayaker died in the area Saturday when a sinkhole opened up in the riverbed, creating a large whirlpool that overturned boats, the Washington ... More »

Story Shifts on Kayaker Attacked by 'Falling' Rattlesnake

SC man was hospitalized in critical condition

(Newser) - It was enough to send shivers down your spine: Fire and rescue officials in Colleton County said a 28-year-old kayaker was hospitalized in critical condition Saturday after a rattlesnake fell out of a tree on the Edisto River and bit him twice on the hand. Except now the man's... More »

Kayaker on Otter Attack: 'It Didn't Want to Come Off'

Sue Spector needed stitches after tussle in Florida

(Newser) - Sue Spector thought the sighting of an otter would cap off her "pristine" Sunday morning spent kayaking on Florida's Braden River. The guide leading her group had said to keep an eye out for the swimmers, per the Bradenton Herald . But when one came into view, its reaction... More »

Out of Prison, Woman Recalls Seeing Fiance for the Last Time

Angelika Graswald comments on her 11-hour interrogation

(Newser) - "I almost just want to go to Europe and leave it all behind," says Angelika Graswald, the Latvian woman released from prison in December after pleading guilty to criminally negligent homicide in connection with her boyfriend's death during an April 2015 kayaking trip. The New York Times ... More »

Kayaker's Killer Released 6 Weeks After Her Conviction

Angelika Graswald set free from prison early for time served in kayaking death of Vincent Viafore

(Newser) - A New York woman sent to prison for causing the death of her fiance on the Hudson River got an early Christmas present: her release from jail not even two months after hearing her fate in court. Angelika Graswald had been sentenced in early November to 16 months to four... More »

Details Given on SD Lawmaker's Death in South Pacific

Rep. Craig Tieszen reportedly became caught in a current

(Newser) - More details have been released surrounding a South Dakota state representative's death in a kayaking accident off the South Pacific island of Rarotonga. Rep. Craig Tieszen, 68, and his brother-in-law, 61-year-old Brent Moline, borrowed hotel kayaks last Wednesday and paddled out around 9am into what is described as having... More »

Woman in Kayak Killing Learns Her Fate

Angelika Graswald gets up to 4 years, but she could be out of jail next month

(Newser) - In July, Angelika Graswald admitted causing her fiance's high-profile death by removing the plug from his kayak. On Wednesday, the 37-year-old received the maximum sentence, which sounds a lot worse than it actually is: Graswald's attorney expects her to be out of jail next month, reports the AP... More »

She Was Kayaking, Then a 'Big Bang'

Sarah Williams, her dad recount frightening experience in Australia

(Newser) - It was "everything you picture in the Jaws movie," minus the bloody death. A 15-year-old Australian teen relates her harrowing encounter with what's believed to have been a great white shark on Sunday. ABC reports Sarah Williams was fishing for squid in a kayak off the Normanville... More »

Cops: Woman Killed on Amazon Trek After Ominous Warning

'I will be killed,' Emma Kelty had been told days earlier

(Newser) - As she traveled through Brazil's northern region on a mission to kayak the 4,000-mile length of the Amazon River, Emma Kelty repeated a warning from a Peruvian guide in tongue-and-cheek fashion. "I will have my boat stolen and I will be killed too," she tweeted . "... More »

Cops: Woman Took Paddle From Capsized Fiance

Angelika Graswald says she felt 'trapped' in relationship

(Newser) - It could have been a lifeline. But when Angelika Graswald sat in her own kayak watching her capsized fiance struggle in the cold waters of the Hudson River, police say she admitted choosing a different path. "I took his paddle when he was in the water," an investigator... More »

Cops: NY Woman Admitted Sabotaging Lover's Kayak

She was strangely calm after capsizing, officer testifies

(Newser) - The New York woman accused of murder in her fiance's kayaking death confessed to sabotage even before the body of Vincent Viafore was found, a police investigator testified at a pretrial hearing. Senior investigator Aniello Moscato told the hearing Monday that during a trip to lay a wreath for... More »

North Face Founder Dies in Kayaking Accident

Douglas Tompkins never stopped exploring

(Newser) - North Face founder Douglas Tompkins helped come up with the motto "Never Stop Exploring," and they were words he lived and died by. The 72-year-old died from hypothermia on Tuesday after his kayak capsized on General Carrera Lake in southern Chile, the BBC reports. Five other kayakers in... More »

Autopsy Suggests Dead Kayaker Was Murdered

Did medical examiner go too far in her findings?

(Newser) - A New York medical examiner says the April death of a kayaker in the Hudson River was "homicide" caused by the victim's "kayak drain plug [being] intentionally removed by other," the New York Times reports. But experts say the medical examiner may have gone too far—... More »

Body IDed as Missing Kayaker

Vincent Viafore went missing on Hudson River in April

(Newser) - The body of kayaker who went missing April 19 on the Hudson River, and whose fiancee stands charged with his murder , has been found. Forensic scientist Michael Archer tells NBC 4 the body found Saturday near the Cornwall Yacht Club has been "positively identified" as 46-year-old Vincent Viafore. Archer... More »

DA: Kayaker Watched Fiance Drown, 'Felt Good'

'Confession' was coerced, Graswald's lawyer says

(Newser) - In what Angelika Graswald's lawyer considers a suspiciously frank confession, prosecutors testified yesterday that she told investigators she tampered with her fiance's kayak and it "felt good knowing he was going to die." Assistant District Attorney Julie Mohl told a bail hearing that Graswald felt trapped... More »

Missing Guy's Fiancee: Cops Say I Sabotaged Kayak

Angelika Graswald is pushing to be released on bail

(Newser) - A judge in New York's Orange County will hear arguments today on whether 35-year-old murder suspect Angelika Graswald deserves bail, reports the Poughkeepsie Journal . She's accused of killing fiance Vincent Viafore, 46, while the two were kayaking on the Hudson River last month, though his body still hasn'... More »

Fiancee Charged With Murder of Missing Kayaker

Her tale of tragedy didn't add up, cops say

(Newser) - A murder mystery on the Hudson: Police in Orange County, NY, have charged a woman with the murder of the fiance she says vanished beneath the surface of the river when both their kayaks capsized April 19. A state police commander says Angelika Graswald, 35, initially seemed like a grieving... More »

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