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careful of the currents near Pavilion beach

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September 7, 2011 - 9:40 am
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Last Friday afternoon I completed circumnavigating most of Plum Island, and was near Pavilion beach, in the calm area in back of Plum Island. I noticed there was a strong tidal current, flowing out towards Crane’s beach. The side of my kayak bumped into a large mooring buoy. Normally, bumping into something in the water in not a big deal, but in this current, the kayak flipped over immediately! I got out, and came to the surface, and started to pump out the kayak, and then noticed my paddle was gone. Luckily just then, two people in motor boats came by and brought me, and the kayak, back to Pavilion beach. I was grateful to get rescued and felt lucky I only lost a paddle and a pair of sunglasses. This taught me to be wary and more careful of strong tidal currents. Maybe I will buy a paddle leash, and something to hold my glasses on!

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September 7, 2011 - 11:49 am
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Plum Island does have some serious currents around..stay safe out there…


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September 16, 2011 - 2:25 pm
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That’d be Plum Island in Ipswich Bay just north of Cape Anne in Massachusetts rather than Plum Island down in NY.
And Yeah when Plum Island sound and the Ipswich River are running out things can get quite interesting right there.
They can get even more interesting up at the north end of PlumIsland where the Merrimack River runs out.
I would not attempt to paddle in either place without a good understanding of the tides and currents involved. Some rough water experience, and a capable partner or three would go a long way to making that a safe and enjoyable experience as well.

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