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Canoe and Kayak Criminal Rescue Safety Scam: 1500 Canadian and American Adults and Children Die Agonizing Deaths Since 1993

Tim Ingram

Copyright 2006, Tim Ingram
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Index:
Preface http://www.canoekayaksafety.com
 Introduction http://www.canoekayaksafety.com/introduction.html
Chapter 1: Canoe and Kayak Rescue Safety Scandal, US Governmental Affairs (http://www.canoekayaksafety.com/chapterone.html)
Chapter 2: Canoe and Kayak Rescue Safety Scandal, Canadian Governmental Affairs
(http://www.canoekayaksafety.com/chaptertwo.html)
Chapter 3: Fundamental Lifesaving Error in Rescue Safety of Canoes and Kayaks, No Level Flotation Standard: Responsible for Thousands of Deaths Since 1978
(http://www.canoekayaksafety.com/chapterthree.html)
 Chapter 4. Recognition by All Major Authors of The Simple Facts of Human Life Saving and Canoe and Kayak Rescue Safety
(http://www.canoekayaksafety.com/chapterfour.html)
Chapter 5: Criminal Fraud in Canoe and Kayak Rescue Safety
(http://www.canoekayaksafety.com/chapterfive.html)
Chapter 6: Blaming Victims for Their Own Deaths Through Degrading Propaganda
(http://www.canoekayaksafety.com/chaptersix.html)
Chapter 7: The Milgram Studies and Criminal Rescue Safety
(http://www.canoekayaksafety.com/chapterseven.html)
Chapter 8: Legal Developments in Canoe and Kayak Rescue Safety
(http://www.canoekayaksafety.com/chaptereight.html)
Chapter 9: Ongoing Reckless Endangerment and Death in Canoe and Kayak Rescue Safety. The Intent.
(http://www.canoekayaksafety.com/chapternine.html)
Conclusion
(http://www.canoekayaksafety.com/conclusion.html)
Appendix: Ongoing Police and Homeland Security Investigations in Canada and the United States, Regarding Criminal Canoe and Kayak Rescue Safety. Canada:
(http://www.canoekayaksafety.com/appendix.html)
Appendix2: Ongoing Police and Homeland Security Investigations in Canada and the United States, Regarding Criminal Canoe and Kayak Rescue Safety. America:
(http://www.canoekayaksafety.com/appendix2.html)

Supplementary OPP Appendix:
(http://www.canoekayaksafety.com/appendix3.html)

RCMP Zaccardelli File
http://www.canoekayaksafety.com/appendix4.html

New Book:
The Minnesota Canoe Murders
http://www.canoekayaksafety.com/TheMinnesotaCanoeMurders.html
 

Chapter 1: Canoe and Kayak Rescue Safety Scandal, US Governmental Affairs (http://www.canoekayaksafety.com/chapterone.html)

N.B. I want you to bear in mind, at the beginning of any chapter in this book, and always, the wilful and reckless endangerment of human life for profit using DEGRADING PROPAGANDA;

Whereas Any 10 Year Old Girls, Without Previous Experience or Instruction Can Easily Rescue Themselves and Many Others From Deadly Waters, Far Superior To The Most Expert Instructor.
Grieving families are similarly degraded (somehow their grief was the fault of their loved one); and deprived of their legal rights and community sympathy. These facts are obvious. But also obvious is the power of  Degrading Propaganda to blame any identifiable group for their own deaths; used throughout history to achieve the ruthless ends of special interest groups.

Some people who may appear here to be villains, may also be victims of the power of  Degrading Propaganda too. But some are sadistic. The purpose of this online book is to stop this as quickly as possible. The psychological power of degrading propaganda must not be underestimated. It permits many terrible human tragedies, including torture and war; quite apart from the agonizing deaths here.

I want this to be understood, as proven in the famous Milgram experiments at Yale, (among the most important scientific research conducted for the benefit of humanity, let alone social psychology), that perfectly "normal" members of society will commit horrible acts of torture and death against any "identifiable group". This knowledge has inspired laws such as the "Geneva Convention", and this research has been included in the basic curriculum for introductory psychology courses in every major university in the world. Police and military forces use this knowledge on a daily basis. Without this knowledge in practice, we have had atrocities ranging from the Ipperwash tragedy against harmless native people occupying their own burial ground in Canada, to the recent scandals in Iraq at Abu Graib prison.

Usually low-ranking and closely-connected officers and soldiers are punished as "scapegoats." However, always and without exception, the chain of command has endorsed these crimes explicitly or implicitly, in order for them to occur.

It does not take much, as the Milgram experiments have shown, for individuals in a group context to commit crimes against humanity.

It should be noted that these otherwise normal perpetrators, offering no offense to their neighbours, and certainly no harm to anyone else, will act against an "identifiable group", even children. In this book, the cruel torturing to death of victms is well documented. Degrading Propaganda, suggesting that this horrible result is "inevitable", or due to ignorance of bogus lifesaving opportunities: is the operating principle. This is No comfort to the families of 1,500 North American victims of canoes and kayaks, who often do not realize that their basic human rights have been violated in an almost unbelievable, violent context.  The 10 year old girl pictures and other evidence from Military and Search and Rescue professionals, here exists.

You will note below, my communications with the Canadian Safe Boating Council, their U. S. counterpart the NSBC, Transport Canada "safety" officials, police and many others.

Their veneer of "lifesaving ethics" is clearly exposed; as their sad needs for personal gratification "for doing a good job", leave a multitude in the waters to die. Simply accomplished by sufficient Degradation of the human value of the victims, using Propaganda. *Many canoe and kayak instructors do see through this horrible scam. But many face threats of economic boycott of their products and services, if they speak out. This information was contributed to the US Coast Guard Canoe and Kayak Sponson Study. But it was left out, due to the protests of the American Canoe Association and other criminal self-interest groups.

I attribute my experiences as a YMCA camp counsellor and a brief stint as a Scoutmaster, to my own awakening to these horrible crimes.

One sad comment here:
Many of the major companies in North America at first wanted airbag sponsons. The major magazines, such as Canoe and Kayak, and Seakayaker Magazine, as well as the major authors, applauded the benefits of making an inherently ustable vessel, such as a kayak or canoe, so stable as to provide a "life raft", capable of being paddled to shore with cold and frightened victims. Then the backlash by the lobby groups, like the American Canoe Association in America began their deadly propaganda to keep innocent victims, even children, in the water to die.

Of course canoe and kayak instruction could include not only fail-safe and fool-proof rescue safety, but all kinds of courses in campcraft, survival, nature studies, geology, astronomy, weather-reading, philosophy, etc., etc. There is no end to lucrative canoe and kayak instruction. People need not be tortured and murdered to make a buck!

I have been informing the US government regarding these deadly matters for about a decade. I provided the head of the Office of Boating Safety, US Coast Guard, with the US Military Kayakers' Sponson Study, Spring 1994. This study was conducted by the US Special Forces Military Kayakers of the 10th Airborne. I attended their Symposium at Fort Devens, near Boston. They invited the Military Kayak teams of about a dozen NATO countries. US Military forces try to keep their soldiers as safe as possible. It is no surprise that they found sponsons to be a far superior safety or rescue device than anything else for canoes or kayaks. The US Coast Guard had these findings in 1994:

"basic, no nonsense...dramatically increase...safety and...capabilities... It should be noted that within the North American civilian sea kayak industry there is some controversy...Sea Wings' direct competition with...the paddle float...the merits of Sea Wings...far outweigh those of the paddlefloat...During the IMKP 1994 we used Sea Wings with all our rescue boats as back-up flotation/stability for awashed kayaks needing assistance pumping out in heavy seas. In addition, IMKP's rescue kayak was fitted with Sea Wings on a permanent basis which allowed us to be far more stable in possible rescue operations...Sea Wings dramatically increase re-entry operations with capsized boats. Indeed, even with heavily loaded boats (those approaching 1000 lbs.) most paddlers can easily re-enter the kayak. However the most notable advantage of Sea Wings is with lightly loaded boats; ie, those kayaks which are far less stable (more tippy) than fully loaded boats. Recovery operations are far more difficult in these boats and most students have extreme difficulty in mastering the necessary techniques. This is compounded in heavy seas. Sea Wings offers an almost guaranteed method of re-entering a lightly loaded kayak even in heavy seas. Stability increase in heavy seas. Paddling in extremely heavy seas is difficult. Sea Wings offer the crews an additional method of dealing with such sea states. One of the most dangerous situations a detachment can find itself in is that of towing a disabled crew with full operational loads in heavy seas at night. The employment of Sea Wings dramatically increases the safety margin. In my opinion, this is one of the sponsons' most important contributions to MAROPS. "  Invitational Military Kayak Paddle 1994 Evaluation

The Military use of the long, narrow 1987 sponsons is similar to the current use of sponsons on 10 foot recreational kayaks, as a rescue boat for Canadian Coast Guard and other Lifesaving organizations. The US Special Forces equipped 4 kayaks with these sponsons to act as safety/rescue vessels during an open-ocean 200 mile race up the coast of Maine. All of the NATO kayak teams competed against one another. I am not sure who "won". But I don't think that is as important in these Military exercises, as much as teamwork and the accomplishment of a program in the most effective and safe manner possible. After all, these exercises are designed to train and test Military forces to be at the very top level of achievement. It was a pleasure to spend time with these soldiers. Their level of respect for human life was inspiring, and in complete contrast to the dishonest and money-grubbing behavior that is usually seen at commercial kayak symposiums, to sell deadly paddlesports.

I also communicated with the US Coast Guard (Mr. Rouncevelle), and the Coast Guards of Canada and the UK after 4 sixteen-year-old students died in England on a school trip in kayaks (There was one conviction for manslaughter of these 2 boys and 2 girls, the infamous "Lyme Bay Tragedy". See the letter to me in "Canoe and Kayak Scam Kills 1000 Americans" as found above, from Captain D.C.S. Thompson, Principal Marine Surveyor of Her Majesty's Coast Guard in the United Kingdom, now the MSA after Margaret Thatcher's governmental reforms.) The boys and girls wore PFDs and the trained guides were able to get them back into the kayaks, but they just re-capsized again, suffering from hypothermia effects and fear; since kayaks are always tippy anyway without airbag sponsons. They just kept re-capsizing until they died.

Typically for these tragic events, the water was not actually very rough; only relatively small wave action was present. The sea was relatively calm. And of course it only takes one capsize to cause death, unless the victim can easily get out of the water, and stay out. Then other group members, stopping to remain together, begin to capsize too. The only way to prevent this is with sponsons that create a Level Flotation Standard (a rescue platform like a life raft to save victims.) The British press quite rightly expressed outrage over this tragedy and the lack of safety for schoolchildren on these outings. One guide was convicted of manslaughter. We have not yet seen this quality of outrage in the United States or Canada regarding the recent deaths of students in Massachusetts or Girl Guides in Canada. The British Press has had an outstanding human rights/public safety record for centuries, in comparison.

The letter from the Principal Marine Surveyor in the UK Coast Guard, (MSA), Captain D.C. S. Thompson, is found on page 22 of  "Canoe and Kayak Scam Kills 1000 Americans: US Coast Guard Studies Device to Save Victims".

Many of the details of the US Coast Guard Canoe/Kayak Sponson Study are provided in the previous book above, that can be obtained at most major online bookstores around the world. Type the title into the Google search box.

The USCG's National Boating Safety Advisory Council published their October 2002 minutes on the USCG Office of Boating Safety website, indicating that they would consider "removal of exemptions", that in fact permit canoes and kayaks to kill US citizens, by not having The Level Flotation Standard for small boats:

"Captain Evans then moved on to Ms. Moon’s concerns from the Professional Paddlesports Association (same address as the American Canoe Association, ACA) on what they are doing to address the canoe and kayak fatalities. He said that the staff would contact the PPA to seek this information and have them address the Council at the next meeting if desired."

(Note Jo Moon's endorsement of the Paddlesport Industry, i.e. American Canoe Association (ACA), being entitled to decide on safety sponsons/airbags in April 2004: 150 dead Americans later.) They were suckered again, despite Chairman Muldoon's threats below:

"Chairman Muldoon said that they are very strongly considering requesting the removal of exemptions because of their lack of interest in the Council."

Chairman Muldoon and the Council should insist on  NO safety exemptions  if they want to save lives! Already 35% of the canoe/kayak dead were wearing PFDs (2002). Innocent citizens need the Level Flotation Standard for Canoes and Kayaks after more than 1,500 dead in canoes and kayaks!

Between these minutes and the April 2004 minutes, about 150 Americans, including children, died.

The Level Flotation Standard for small boats is nearly 3 decades old, to provide a rescue platform so people don't die in the water: US Coast Guard Boating Safety Circular 73* "Establishes level flotation standards on rowboats and outboard boats less than 20 feet in length, the boats most often involved in swamping and capsizing accidents, so that the boat will float level when swamped and provide a safe platform until rescue. 33 CFR 183. Issued April 18, 1977; Effective August 1, 1978."

The ACA has been granted Safety Exemptions from 33 CFR 183. Issued April 18, 1977; Effective August 1, 1978, from the beginning.

See this reference at: http://www.uscgboating.org/safety/efficacy.htm
(And note the complete misrepresentation of the US Military Kayaking Study, as stated throughout this book.)

The American Canoe Association and the canoe and kayak industry apparently prevented The Level Flotation Standard for Canoes/Kayaks (sponsons) in the '70's:

"Sponsons work well...Coast Guard evaluated mandated side flotation for these boats in the mid-seventies...to create a stable rescue platform." Charlie Walbridge, author of  "River Safety Report, American Canoe Association". ("Canoe and Kayak Scam Kills 1000 Americans: US Coast Guard Studies Device to Save Victims", p.135)

I want to say first that I have the highest regard for the people at the Office of Boating Safety, US Coast Guard. You can just type the last half dozen words into Google or any search engine to find them. Although they seem to have the highest regard for human life and duty; I am convinced that they are being prevented from saving lives in canoes and kayaks, against their wishes. There are far stranger and deadlier plots afoot in Washington D.C. So let's just leave that story at this point: They do want to save lives. If they did not they would not have gotten federal funding for the Kayak/Canoe Sponson Study, as Captain Evans calls it in the Federal Register/ Vol. 67, No. 232/ Tuesday, December 3, 2002/ Notices:

Kayak/Canoe Sponson Study

"Study conducted in conjunction with the CG Research and Development Center to study the efficacy of the use of sponsons in canoes and kayaks. ($26,171)"

I found that I could communicate easily with the Office of Boating Safety, USCG, right from the very beginning. I am sure Mr. Cappell would not mind my publishing this first email:

Dear Phil:

Thank you for your kind reply. The main intent of my message I guess is that
the free market system does not permit better ideas; it never has. Seat
belts in cars were not freely adopted but legislated, and neither were life
jackets until coast guards in each country legislated them. I applaud your
efforts and might point out that life jackets will now increase in use
dramatically, just as seat belt compliance is nearly double over that 5
years ago.

I don't expect you to do anything at this point. I merely point out that
organizations are now pushing unrealistic safety expectations on the public,
who are not capable apparently of understanding that rolls don't work
reliably for experts who have had years of constant of rolling practice.
This is human nature. The Titanic is ready to happen again, in some form all
over again.

I don't see myself as a business man, but rather as an educator. The US
sponson patent is infringed upon occasionally. However the main value of the
patent is to prevent enthusiastic inventors/borrowers from endangering
people with half-baked ideas. It can deliver a uniform safety standard like
the "Level Flotation Standard" for small boats, at 20$ per kayak in
economies of scale. (But manufacturers won't buy that, anymore than seat
belts were welcomed by GM.) I really feel I must do some thing to protest
the deaths and near deaths of schoolkids, many in the Georgian Bay area
alone.

In a way, sponsons are like life jackets for canoes and kayaks: strategic
flotation to get people out of the water and towed or paddling to safety.
Not much cost for a child's life. In closing I would appreciate any
suggestions, or any forwarding of this information to the Coast Guard
information structure. I fear many people thinking about kayaks and canoes
are not aware of more rational safety ideas. (My family and I enjoyed a tour
of your cutter Bramble, recently docked a couple of miles from here.) Great
ship and we learned a lot.

Yours truly, Tim

----- Original Message -----
From: Cappel, Philip <PCappel@comdt.uscg.mil <mailto:PCappel@comdt.uscg.mil>>
To: <timkayak@bconnex.net <mailto:timkayak@bconnex.net>>
Sent: Wednesday, May 31, 2000 3:24 PM
Subject: RE: canoe and kayak safety sponsons
 

> Mr. Ingram,
>
> The Coast Guard Office of Boating Safety is concerned about the number of
> canoe and kayak deaths that occur annually and we have several initiatives
> underway to attempt to reach this special class of recreational boaters to
> educate them on the hazards of canoeing and kayaking. Our thrust in this
> area, as it is for all recreational boating, is to convince these
   "special" boaters to wear life jackets. We can save many more lives each year if
   all boaters would wear effective life jackets.
>
> I'm not really sure as to what help you are asking the Coast Guard to
> provide in your e-mail but it appears that you want some declaration as to
> the unsafeness of all other self-rescue methods/devices for capsized
canoes and kayaks and an endorsement of your product as the only safe method of
> recovering from a capsized canoe or kayak. Unfortunately you will not
find any such declaration or endorsement forthcoming from the Office of Boating
> Safety. While we encourage the development of any and all devices that
may
> improve boating safety we do not endorse particular products and we would
> not discourage boaters from using any means available to help them effect
> self-rescue.
>
> If your product is clearly superior to all other self-rescue devices then
> the free market system should certainly convince boaters to purchase your
> product. I wish you well in your endeavor.
>
> Phil Cappel
> Chief, Recreational Boating Product Assurance Division (G-OPB-3)
> Phone: (202) 267-0988 Fax: (202) 267-4285
> E-Mail: pcappel@comdt.uscg.mil <mailto:pcappel@comdt.uscg.mil> <<mailto:pcappel@comdt.uscg.mil>>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: timkayak@bconnex.net <mailto:timkayak@bconnex.net> [ <mailto:timkayak@bconnex.net>
> <<mailto:timkayak@bconnex.net>> ]
> Sent: Tuesday, May 30, 2000 12:47 PM
> To: Cappel, Philip
> Subject: canoe and kayak safety sponsons
>
>
> Dear Mr. Cappel:
>
> I have researched canoe and kayak safety for well over a decade. As you
> would probably agree, simple emergency stability for flooded kayaks and
> canoes in order to rescue victims from cold water, is the most foolproof
> safety.
>
> Unfortunately the American Canoe Association (a very fine organization)
and others, recommend instruction for children and adults that is misleading.
> Rolling omits the fact that few experts worldwide claim a "bomb-proof
roll", even after years of instruction and practice. This is not safety for the
> public. Paddlefloat inventor Matt Broze (associated with Sea Kayaker
> magazine) states the roll is failure-prone due to dozens of variables...
> water different from pool practice, "loaded kayak", any changes at all
from pool practice in fact.
>
> However he regards the roll as superior to the unfortunate paddlefloat
> rescue, that suffers from even more variables, causing failure .
>
> "To use a paddlefloat, a certain amount of instruction and practice is
> needed. But with Sea Wings, I simply told my volunteer how to snap the
four buckles, inflate the sponsons, and climb back aboard...without any
problems. Even my larger, less agile friends were able... whereas a paddlefloat,
even in calm conditions, is not...something everyone... How often have you
seen...only to capsize again...trying to free their paddle from the bungies..."
(Seakayaker, Winter '93, p.34)
>
> A group of school kids on a trip without sponsons cannot be stabilized
> adequately. Each boat needs emergency sponson stability. Four students
have already died "rafting up" in the UK.
>
> Young children, (carefully supervised for dangerous weather hazards etc.)
> can easily deploy Sea Wing sponsons in 2 minutes. Sponsons were used by
> experts crossing the North Atlantic (partway), Lake Superior, Bering
Strait, Bay of Fundy, Cape Horn, Beaufort Sea, etc. (These crossings would be
> suicide to undertake with a roll and paddlefloat, and are not recommended,
> even though much safer with sponsons.)
>
> People deserve the best safety. Unfortunately The American Canoe
Association (a fine organization) has not yet recommended sponsons. Even worse I fear
> that they instruct children in rolls and paddlefloats, that have already
> killed many adults. Of course no expert can rescue heavy, loaded open
> canoes or kayaks by lifting them out of the water to empty them. And the
> capsizing conditions haven't gone away, just like with rolling and
> paddlefloat myths. The stability of canoes and kayaks must be tranformed
by sponsons.
>
> Denial of sponson safety for kayaks and canoes, at $20 for each $2000
kayak, (the patent allowing economies of scale at 40,000) is indefensible,
legally or otherwise, and kills people.
>
> It is obvious that strategic buoyancy attached and inflated in 2 minutes,
> even by young children, can permit paddling of a flooded canoe or kayak to
> safety, with body core out of cold water to escape hypothermia deaths.
>
> (see <http://www.bconnex.net/~timkayak/danger.html>
> <<http://www.bconnex.net/~timkayak/danger.html>> )
>
> In 1994 I corresponded with Rear Admiral Roncesveilles, head of the US
Coast Guard, and his counterparts in the UK (Capt. Thompson) and Ms. Kathi
> Sandiford (Canadian Coast Guard).
>
> Capt. Thompson wrote to me after 4 school children were killed in the Lyme
> Bay tragedy, (the powerboat did not arrive in time). More recently 2
guides were only able to bring to shore one lad at a sports camp on Lake Rosseau
(2 hours north of Toronto.) The other lad died. A group of school kids on a
> YMCA trip were treated by ambulances that were waiting, after a large
> powerboat happened upon the scene and called by radio for help, while
> plucking the kids from the water.
>
> The authorities did not act due to the extreme feelings among so-called
> "experts" who want to teach dozens of different rescues, apparently in an
> exhaustive effort to market their imaginations. All of these many rescues
> confuse the public regarding practicality and reliability. All of these rescues cannot stabilize
canoes and kayaks so paddlers don't recapsize and die.
>
> One comprehensive rescue that stabilizes kayaks and canoes, SPONSONS, has
> the best chance of reliable public safety.
>
> It is important to recognize authors Harrison, Dowd, Hutchinson, Stuhaug,
> Ramwell, Foster; and the magazines: Sea Kayaker, Wavelength, Atlantic
> Coastal Kayaker, and Anorak ("A Major Development in Kayak Safety"), who
> were finally forced by advertising revenues to forget rescue safety (after
> first heartily endorsing sponson superiority for over 2 years.)
>
> See "history" link <http://www.bconnex.net/~timkayak/index.html>
> <<http://www.bconnex.net/~timkayak/index.html>>
>
> Canoe and Kayak Magazine's Beginner's Guide, Year 2000 offers confused
> advice: wide kayaks can be "dangerous" and narrow kayaks can be
"dangerous" while admitting that wider sit-on-top kayaks offer stability and
performance advantages. (They don't Acknowledge SPONSON buoyancy built into all sit on
> top kayaks for stability in both large waves and calm water!
>
> Sponsons are the major safety development in the history of canoes and
> kayaks. This is due to the BALLAST/BUOYANCY COUPLE: the inevitable water
> inside a kayak or canoe after capsize, (that is exhausting and sometimes
> impossible to remove), stabilized by SPONSONS, and becoming neutral
buoyancy water ballast.
>
> The heavy weight lowers canoes and kayaks in the water, reducing exposure
to winds and breaking waves, as well as facilitating reentry.
>
> In 1956 Dr. Lindemann crossed the Atlantic in a heavy dugout canoe with 10
> inch wide cork sponsons nailed to the hull. Inevitable water inside added
> more water ballast. In 1957 he crossed in a wide, heavy Klepper kayak
having built-in sponsons, filled with drinking water and food ballast. Only
> sponsons permitted survival.
>
> Dr. Lindemann, a physician, made his trips to save lives, by publicizing
the dangerous idea of drinking seawater for survival in life rafts. Now
> instructors advocate no sponsons for survival in canoes and kayaks,
> resulting in needless deaths among children and adults.
>
> The American Canoe Association and others are not aware that rolls,
> paddlefloats and dozens of other rescue myths and delusions create serious
> risks to public safety, and do not constitute common sense knowledge of
> safety facts.
>
> I hope you can help. (The US special forces military evaluation is
somewhere in the USCG information system.)
>
> Yours truly,
>
> Tim Ingram


Mr. Cappell was instrumental in ordering the Kayak/Canoe Sponson Study in early 2002. He has always impressed me with a sense of humour and an honest, staight-forward style. *I think that he originally did not understand that the USCG grants to the American Canoe Association prejudiced the safety of citizens, since the ACA has used over $100,000 in USCG grant money annually to advertise their expensive instruction that is both fraudulent and deadly. The US Coast Guard in fact endorses the deadly ACA instruction. This USCG endorsement is often printed on ACA literature. The ACA has also deliberately prevented the widespread use of sponsons, as the evidence in my previous book, the ACA letter to the Attorney-General of Florida, clearly shows.

I believe that Mr. Cappell and most of the US Coast Guard now realize that the American Canoe Association sells the most deadly and Expensive instruction possible: Time-consuming and Expensive, with no provision to rescue victims from the water, where they die. Mr. Cappell and the US Coast Guard also realize that simply wearing a PFD is not good enough to save lives, already their statistics show that some years up to 35% of the dead in canoes were wearing PFDs. Just imagine how many lives could be saved if they could get out of the water in 5 seconds with $25 CO2 sponsons!

These 2 boys from Darlington School died in PFDs because they were deliberately denied any means to get out of the water near Suwannee, Florida, when the safety boat had an entangled propellor, February, 2005:

Every Year Over One Dozen (some years over 2 dozen) children are tortured to death in cool waters, in the United States and Canada, for the fraudulent instruction profits of the American Canoe Association and some others.

Save both those wearing PFDs and those who are not, as well as any other victims dying in the water: Fishermen, hunters, swimmers, those who have accidentally fallen in. Of course most city waterfronts have devices prominently displayed, like poles and lifesaving rings, to get victims out of the water. These victims are not wearing PFDs when they fall into the water near a city waterfront! Most people who need to be saved from the water are not wearing a PFD, on a stroll around a waterfront park, for example. Most victims struggle on the surface for variable lengths of time. Time enough to climb aboard a 5 second  $25 CO2 gas-sponsoned canoe or kayak.



 

Friday, June 16, 2000 11:02 AM I sent the below:

Dear Phil:

I might point out that http://www.sponsonguy.com/ now has
a sequence of pictures that show how flawed canoe and kayak safety is.

Asking instructors to adopt something better than paddlefloats etc. is like
asking a tobacco company to admit that schoolkids don't need their product.
The market system is not rational. Governments interested in health and
safety operate regularly to adjust markets. REI, the largest outdoor
retailer in the world sold sponsons online in 1997, but was threatened by
economic boycott from clubs and instructors invested in memories of their
own instruction.

Coast Guard approval (however tacit) of mainstream canoe and kayak safety,
results in the YMCA, Red Cross etc. reaching millions of schoolkids who are
misinformed about safety.

Public perception among police and other public safety agencies is that
things must be OK if the Coast Guard and other agencies do nothing. What
chance does a class of schoolkids have on an outdoor education experience?
They are misled at a fundamental level about their safety.

Just an update. The pictures are powerful. Most kids can use sponsons the
first time, just tell them how to clip them on and inflate. No
circumstantial balancing instruction as with rolls and paddlefloats, (open
canoe rescues are even more specious.)

Thanks for your consideration.

Tim


Friday, August 25, 2000 11:19 AM the below went out to a newsgroup including all coast guard and canoe and kayak organizations in North America, as well as in Europe and Australia:

Hi Everyone:

Here is the Aug.25, 2000 update. Just part of the duty as responsible citizens living in an organized society.

In a few months, when the industry complies with safety standards, a model will be available that simply clips to the middle thwart of any canoe, like the bottom-most photo on the index page. That is 3000 lbs. of water in a big expedition canoe, paddled by little ones. All we need are the Halkey-Roberts oral and gas inflators, the radio frequency welding press, the 400 denier polyurethane-coated nylon, and most importantly, the ethical co-operation of the ACA and others to stop killing people.

(Deployment time on the big white canoe is about 10 seconds without gas inflation, because canoes have room to stow pre-inflated sponsons for immediate deployment. Kayaks take about 60 seconds with oral inflators only. Kayaks with gas inflators, that also require oral inflators, like Coast Guard approved PFDs, take about 10-20 seconds deployment time.) And then you paddle to safety with re-capsize nearly impossible. It is all very simple... I hate it when kids die in a canoe or kayak at YMCA camp simply die because the industry is stupid... If waterfront safety has any weak link, it only takes a few minutes for that link to end in death, sooner or later. I now send a weekly mailing to all authorities in the world. Sometimes a little self-deprecating humour is helpful. But this is too serious a problem for levity of any form now. I have been speaking to coroners in Canada for years...So far the ACA and others have not protested against the obvious truth printed on the website: "once the American Canoe Association and other companies decide to stop killing people through commercial greed, stupidity, and ignorance...Sadly again the industry does not realize that deprecating sponsons and preventing access by the public to sponsons, infringes on their civil rights to better safety. Grieving families are usually reluctant to punish such turpitude..." End of Quote.

You can see for yourself: http://www.sponsonguy.com/index.htmlor simply search "kayak safety" or "kayak sponsons" for the Canoe and Kayak Rescue Safety Sponsons website. It's right at the top of the page... Many in the ACA agree with me, they are not so stupid; but they allow fools to control the ACA just to keep their jobs, or something.

Thanks for listening,
Tim


Friday, September 08, 2000 9:37 AM

Hi Everyone:

Re: Firestone/Ford Deaths, Canoes and Kayaks

Thank you for your kind emails and phone calls.

This September, media and politicians attend to fewer than 100 deaths in North America associated with tire defects over about 8 years. This is statistically small, given so many millions of miles daily by millions of the same tires on millions of vehicles. But human lives have high value.

Over a 100 lives are lost in canoes and kayaks in the U.S. alone, every year. Ignorance is a major cause, due to marketing and instruction policy. Canoe and Kayak safety instruction is radically flawed! They focus on constant practice of highly skilled techniques involving Balance and Fortune. Change any one of dozens of variables and the experts cannot Eskimo roll. In fact no credible experts can be found with a 100% reliable roll. Yet they all agree the roll is more reliable than a paddlefloat, which makes a victim more unstable, with no paddle to brace for stability; as well as leaving insurmountable flooding and pumping dangers.

Safety instruction teaches what is most likely to fail! Highly refined and circumstantial skills that most people can never master anyway!

In contrast please see http://www.sponsonguy.com/index.html or just use any search engine for "kayak safety". The Sponsons website is at the top, (click on the index page) and scroll down to the bottom for the NEW big white canoe pics.

Sponsons in these pics contain 10 human puffs of air each. Contained in a system with a minimum 500 lb. test strength, sponsons 26" X 10" diameter. These sponsons (patented and patent pending), are not yet in production due to lack of industry co-operation. The cost per 40,000 kayaks and canoes is $20 at the factory. Not too much for a human life in a $3000 kayak or canoe!

(Deployment time on the big white canoe is about 10 seconds without gas inflation, because canoes have room to stow pre-inflated sponsons for immediate deployment. Kayaks about 60 seconds with oral inflators only, and stowed on the rear deck like 5,000 year old Bering Sea double floats. The double floats were common into the 19th century among the Greenlanders and the Aleut, according to European reports. Anthropologists agree that rolls were unknown in the Canadian Arctic, where only very wide kayaks or harpoon floats were used for safety.)

The YMCA recently discovered that they almost killed a group of schoolkids, who were only saved by timely treatment from several ambulances that a motorboat called, after finding all the kids in the water, guides unable to rescue them. Just like 20 kids in Tampa Bay, Florida; unrescued by 6 instructors but saved by Coast Guard and private interventions, then treated for hypothermia. About 7 years ago 4 students died in the UK because the powerboat didn't get there in time. Of course without sponsons no kids or adults can be reliably saved. They just recapsize in the same conditions. You need a much more stable kayak or canoe in emergencies, like the 12 deceased kids on Temiskaming, north of here in ''78. Please wake-up everyone. Take a look at Firestone and Ford now. A U.S. senator charges 2nd degree murder, due to prior knowledge etc. The media and politicians can point just as accusingly at canoeing and kayaking when circumstances warrant.

Even the Canadian Canoe Museum associates are at severe risk of death due to mistaken information. They don't know that floats were historically used on their Haida canoe for stability in waves. Otherwise the hull shape of dug-out canoes is quite unstable. That's why Polynesians had outriggers, and the Pacific Northwest tribes had floats.
If you don't understand kayaks and canoes, you can't teach safety.

The whiteman's (european) attitude was distorted from the start by ignorance and greed. The canoe and kayak industry has many fine people: instructors may not resemble figures in the car or tobacco industries, for example in lifestyle values. However a competitive economic system will always force the ethical (and intellectual) bottom line downward in any business, if safety costs anything at all.

This is without factoring in the jock "macho" mentality, identified in numerous studies as contributing to death and injury. And Whitewater canoeing and kayaking concepts are distinctly different from 5,000 years of aboriginal intelligence in canoes and kayaks. They are usually close to shore on rivers, or surfing waves. If it is a big, wide river, then sponsons are necessary to get safely and reliably to shore.

Thanks for listening, Tim


Tuesday, September 19, 2000 8:29 PM:

Dear Jim:

I have clearly described to you how your job requires continuing education. It is important that you and the ACA understand how Seakayaker and Canoe and Kayak function like Firestone Ford. They negligently endanger the public with paddlefloats while clearly understanding that they don't work in waves. Every one of Derek Hutchinson's books says the same! And the culprits are attempting a cover-up at the expense of public lives.

It is in their own print that sponsons clearly are superior, as Derek states too. And the US military kayakers. Even Kent Ford questions the paddlefloat. Read his book. Read what I sent you carefully, like your apparently more reasonable colleagues at ACA.

This is in the interest of public safety. If you want to perform a responsible job at ACA, you will read what the ACA, Red Cross, YMCA, gov't and the BAR are reading too. The media mailing list is different.

I hope you can understand your responsibility.

Thanks, Tim

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From: Jim Seymour <mailto:jseymour@acanet.org> To: Tim Ingram <mailto:timkayak@bconnex.net> Sent: Tuesday, September 19, 2000 5:36 PM Subject: Re:
PLEASE REMOVE MY ADDRESS FROM YOUR MAILING LIST!!!
I BELIEVE YOU ARE LEGALLY OBLIGATED TO COMPLY.
Jim Seymour
Director of Programs and Special Events
American Canoe Association
703-451-0141, ext. 13

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From: Tim Ingram <mailto:timkayak@bconnex.net> To: Jim Seymour <mailto:jseymour@acanet.org> Sent: Monday, September 18, 2000 3:42 PM Subject: Re:

Dear Jim:

At ACA programs, you are going to need to know everything in every update. Continuing Education is very important. Don't worry, it can't hurt.

Thanks, Tim

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From: Jim Seymour <mailto:jseymour@acanet.org> To: Tim Ingram <mailto:timkayak@bconnex.net> Sent: Monday, September 18, 2000 2:44 PM Subject: Re:
PLEASE REMOVE MY ADDRESS FROM YOUR MAILING LIST!!!
Jim Seymour
Director of Programs and Special Events
American Canoe Association
703-451-0141, ext. 13

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Sent: Monday, September 18, 2000 9:45 AM

Re: FirestoneFord CanoeKayak Deaths

Thanks Everyone:

It's good to get all your positive feedback. In the past 8 years, 88 U.S. fatalities with Ford Explorers and Firestone tires. But over 1000 Canoe and Kayak Deaths in the U.S. in the same period. Almost all are preventable deaths. Not Isolated Circumstances.

Firestone Ford would be free today but for one small town Texas lawyer and one judge, who allowed access to confidential company files showing 2 Florida lawyers and an 8 year long process ongoing. This quickly revealed the Scandal; not Isolated
Circumstances, but systematic cover-up. Otherwise the judge's action would not have been pivotal.

The canoe and kayak industry is tiny compared to Ford Firestone, and millions of people don't paddle millions of canoes and kayaks millions of hours daily. Over 1000 deaths is quite a high number for a tiny group! Over 100 deaths every year according to the U. S. Coast Guard. It is a remarkable achievement. It's hard to achieve death figures that high.

It wasn't always this way. The canoe and kayak industry did have great spokespersons:

Dave Harrison, then editor-in-chief, Canoe and Kayak magazine: "There are two advantages of the sponsons over the paddlefloat: first, you have support on both sides of the boat, not just the paddlefloat side; and second, you have a paddle to
use and a stabilized boat once you are back in the cockpit...The deflated sponsons are kept under the rear deck lines with one corner attached to the hull. To put into use, a second corner is attached (by means of male-female fastex clips), the other sponson is passed under the hull, and the two other corners are attached. The tubes require about ten puffs to inflate them-and now you have a kayak you can stand up in."

George Gronseth and Matt Broze finally mentioned sponsons in "DEEP TROUBLE" in 1997.

"I am Austin Davis. My life was saved by your floats. [See article in Sea kayaker Dec 97] There was no way in my situation that any other means of recovery would have saved me or allowed me to get home upright in my hypothermic condition. Your opinion about the rolls and paddle floats mirror my real life experience. Thanks for the gear that saved my life. I hope the article in sea kayaker helps your cause."

"Basic ocean equipment (sponsons) in view of the significant safety margin..." U.S. Military Kayak Evaluation, (10th Airborne, Special Forces.)

"SEA WINGS (sponsons) are simply the best and easiest-to-use self-rescue device on the market...Once you have the Sea Wings fitted and adjusted, its' advantages over a paddlefloat become clear. To use a paddlefloat, a certain amount of instruction and practice is needed. But with Sea Wings, I simply told my volunteer how to snap the four buckles, inflate the sponsons, and climb back aboard...without any problems. Even my larger, less agile friends were able...whereas a paddlefloat, even in calm conditions, is not...something everyone...How often have you seen...only to capsize again...trying to free their paddle from the bungies..." (Seakayaker, Winter '93, p.34)

Please see http://www.sponsonguy.com or just use any search engine for "kayak safety". The Sponsons website is at the top, (click on the index page) and scroll down to the bottom links "stories", "history", "paddlefloats" etc.
Now the industry is becoming a death cult.

Sea Kayaker Magazine, Oct. '99, pp. 48-55 unintentionally endangers poor Doug with a paddlefloat: Doug tries to inflate it. "Getting up onto the deck can be difficult enough let alone once it is deployed." "A strong gust...almost throws me back into the cold water. [I] struggle to secure the outrigger" "...difficult to get the other blade under the first web strap...the kayak has spun around." "Each wave now lifts the [float]." "I am in constant danger of flipping over especially." "It takes a long time to [pump out]... [There was a] rather precarious moment of removing the paddle from under deck rigging... There are limits...your kayak can come crashing down on you...it is easy to submerge the float or even break the paddle." "The most difficult moment associated with the use ... comes once your kayak is pumped out and you are ready to go. In order to retrieve the paddle-float paddle, you must reach outward and backwards to detach the arrangement...try to time...between wave crests."

Doug has been using the paddlefloat for 17 years. And he practices regularly, and the local Coast Guard auxiliary picks him up.

Seakayaker, Oct. 2000 p.48 advises Joel to practise his paddlefloating more. John Swift couldn't write finer satire. April 10, 2000 Bryan: "I made an attempt to use a paddlefloat...after failed attempts...Thanks to my surfing experience...my (body core) temperature...86 degrees. (Atlantic Coastal Kayaker, Aug. 2000, p.21.)
The good news: In large conomies of scale, sponsons for every $3000 kayak and canoe leaving the factories cost $20 pr. Coast Guards around the world can hardly lose with this legislation. Don't worry about the industry, they want sponsons now. They can spell "class action" and "one thousand deaths". They want to keep the rest secret now, like FirestoneFord.

Thanks again everyone, this is a real chance for all those schoolkids, and the summer camps that could not afford sponsons otherwise.

Tim



U.S. and Canadian Coast Guard Safety Recognition, Sept. 27/00

Thank you all for your kind patience and great support over the flurry of mailings yesterday. Now the US and Canadian Coast Guards, at the highest levels, are considering adding $20 sponsons to every $3000 dollar canoe and kayak. This is the only means to stabilize flooded canoes and kayaks to keep people out of deadly cold water and permit them to paddle to shore. People pay about $10 for the line required by law on all canoes and kayaks. The $20 sponsons (equipped at every factory by every manufacturer) mean every flooded kayak and canoe is stable enough (in less than 60 seconds on the newest models) to actually throw the rescue line to other swimmers and rescue them too!

The flooded canoe or kayak becomes a rescue boat itself, instead of a helpless wallowing log.

Sea Kayaker Magazine, Oct. '99, pp. 48-55 describes the killer paddlefloat: "Getting up onto the deck can be difficult enough let alone once it is deployed. A strong gust...almost throws me back into the cold water. [I] struggle to secure the outrigger...difficult to get the other blade under the first web strap...the kayak has spun around. Each wave now lifts the [float].I am in constant danger of flipping over especially. It takes a long time to [pump out]... [There was a] rather precarious moment of removing the paddle from under deck rigging... There are limits...your kayak can come crashing down on you...it is easy to submerge the float or even break the paddle. The most difficult moment associated with the use ... comes once your kayak is pumped out and you are ready to go. In order to retrieve the paddle-float paddle, you must reach outward and backwards to detach the arrangement...try to time...between wave crests." And then Doug is all set to capsize again, in the same conditions that haven't suddenly disappeared, not in 17 years.

Doug says he has been practising this for 17 years. And the Coast Guard Auxiliarly picks him up near Victoria, B.C., as well as other paddlefloatiers who are noticed by binoculars from shore. Spotters enjoy it, like birdwatching, noting models and colours. And they save lives.

The canoe and kayak industry did have a great safety concerns and great commonsense initially:
Dave Harrison, then editor-in-chief, Canoe and Kayak Magazine, July, '93: "There are two advantages of the sponsons over the paddlefloat: first, you have support on both sides of the boat, not just the paddlefloat side; and second, you have a paddle to use and a stabilized boat once you are back in the cockpit...The deflated sponsons are kept under the rear deck lines with one corner attached to the hull. To put into use, a second corner is attached (by means of male-female fastex clips), the other sponson is passed under the hull, and the two other corners are attached. The tubes require about ten puffs to inflate them-and now you have a kayak you can stand up in."

(Newest sponsons models, not the $25 CO2 sponsons, require a single strap and only 2 clips, with 60 seconds inflation time, or none, plus more than twice the righting lever, even on large wave slopes. Ask a trained naval architect, US educated in preference to UK, thanks to Froudian fallacies. William Froude was an important and misunderstood 19th century scientist.)

"I am Austin Davis. My life was saved by your floats. [See article in Sea kayaker Dec 97] There was no way in my situation that any other means of recovery would have saved me or allowed me to get home upright in my hypothermic condition. Your opinion about the rolls and paddle floats mirror my real life experience. Thanks for the gear that saved my life. I hope the article in sea kayaker helps your cause."

"Basic ocean equipment (sponsons) in view of the significant safety margin..." U.S. Military Kayak Evaluation, (10th Airborne, Special Forces.)

"SEA WINGS (sponsons) are simply the best and easiest-to-use self-rescue device on the
market today...Once you have the Sea Wings fitted and adjusted, its' advantages over a
paddlefloat become clear. To use a paddlefloat, a certain amount of instruction and practice is needed.
But with Sea Wings, I simply told my volunteer how to snap the four buckles, inflate
the sponsons, and climb back aboard...without any problems.
Even my larger, less agile friends were able...
whereas a paddlefloat, even in calm conditions, is not...something everyone...
How often have you seen...only to capsize again...trying to free their paddle from the
bungies..." (Seakayaker, Winter '93, p.34)

"Basic ocean equipment (sponsons) in view of the significant safety margin..." U.S. Military Evaluation.

"The Paddlefloat is not really a rough water rescue. During trials I found the SEA WING (sponsons) ... very comforting. I paddled out to sea in rough, windy conditions...I was able to sit on my rear deck-not something I would normally do at sea...The rescue potential is obvious." (Derek Hutchinson, The Complete Book of Sea Kayaking, pp.104-111)

"I have seen enough people floundering with paddle-floats in even one-foot seas that..." G. Ruta, Atlantic Coastal Kayaker, Oct.'98, p.4

"...using the paddlefloat...it's much harder than it sounds..." (D. Stuhaug, Kayaking Made Easy, 1st ed., p.114)

"...paddlers debate its' (paddlefloat) effectiveness in rough conditions." ( K. Ford, Kayaking, p.85)

"Rear Admiral" Rounsevelle, Chief, Recreational Boating Product Assurance Branch, U.S. Coast Guard, deserved great credit in phone conversations and by letter, as well as Ms. Sandiford of Canada and Captain Thompson of the UK.after the terrible Lyme Bay tragedy, taking the lives of 4 students on a school trip. The conditions were not overly rough and they were within a couple of miles of shore. Nevertheless the 2 trained guides could not keep the kids and teacher out of the water. A fishing boat noticed an empty kayak and soon located the teacher, a guide, and 6 kids in the water: able to hold together as a group but only one guide was in a kayak according to reports.

Why permit paddlefloats to be taught at YMCA camps etc. when they kill adults. Paddlefloats cannot stabilize flooded kayaks, and groups of schoolkids cannot all be rescued by adults when the wind suddenly arrives. Why would you not include $20 sponsons using economies of scale, with every $3000 canoe and kayak. Why would anyone deny a school board that safety option.

All departments of the Attorney-General in every state and province, most consumer protection agencies, and most trial lawyer associations expect the Coast Guard to ensure proper safety legislation. Adding 50 feet of line ($10) as required gear for canoes and kayaks this year is good. But $20 sponsons, the only way to stabiliize a flooded kayak or canoe, and get to shore, would obviously be even more useful. All Red Cross, YMCA, and Coast Guard PFD programs are gear focused because safety gear make for the safest rescues. So it is for narrow boats as vulnerable as kayaks and canoes. If you want to see pictures, simply search "kayak safety" and the sponson website should be there (make sure you link to the "index" page, if you are not there already).

Who is comfortable leaving a group of schoolkids with paddlefloats on a schooltrip? They have no way to save thenselves in open canoes either, without sponsons. Just think about the last sad minutes or hours they have spent, hoping to see mom and dad again. Adults writing about praying to see their families again, like Doug above, is bad enough. But the trust of those dying children should give everyone pause. Throughout history seafaring people have put the very highest value on human lives. The canoe and kayak industry is not doing that. Ultimately they will be convinced to mend their ways, through reasonable legal arguments. But the Coast Guard is the first line of recourse in our civilization. Patent protection permits large economies of scale that eliminate the need for distribution and retailing profit margins, handling charges and stocking costs. All manufacturers making $3000 canoes and kayaks can afford to add $20 sponsons. The departments of the attorney general in every state and province, and all legal advisors tell them they can't afford not to.

Thanks again, Tim


Dear Jim:

Thanks for replying. Please understand that safety does not sell in the context of programs and organizations that are practising as a cult. You can understand that this is commonsense. Talk it over with everyone at ACA. The magazines are talking it over right now.

Essentially everyone must decide whether they can afford to practise as a cult, or practise honest, commonsense safety. I don't think anyone can afford not to change from current cult behavior. But that is ultimately a legal and moral decision for every individual, or that decision will be made eventually by "the law of the land." I don't want cult members hurt. They are mostly "tree huggers", like myself (or yourself).

However, I certainly am obligated morally and legally to speak the truth. And I want everyone associated with canoes and kayaks to realize what is happening, and how they are affected. As I said before, people make mistakes as human beings. Everyone has bad safety habits.

And everyone has the potential to make better choices in the future. I am merely pointing this out.

Thanks for your good natured response. (I would have to vote for Al but he certainly is not a lot of fun.) Canadians are having an election too. We have to vote for a guy who is worse than Al.

Take care, Tim

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From: Jim Seymour <mailto:jseymour@acanet.org> To: Tim Ingram <mailto:timkayak@bconnex.net> Sent: Monday, October 23, 2000 9:55 AM Subject: Re: Fundamental Canoe and Kayak Safety for Schools and Camps: Legal Rights and Moral Obligations

Hey Tim, People might actually read your rhetoric if you just sell your product and stop flaming their program and organizations.


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From: Tim Ingram <mailto:timkayak@bconnex.net> To: jyeager@acanet.org <mailto:jyeager@acanet.org> ; "Neil Wiesner-Hanks" <mailto:info@gopaddle.org> ; acagordon@aol.com <mailto:acagordon@aol.com> ; ack@shore.net <mailto:ack@shore.net> ; awilson@island.net <mailto:awilson@island.net> ; bclark@redcross.ca <mailto:bclark@redcross.ca> ; canoemuseum@ptbo.igs.net <mailto:canoemuseum@ptbo.igs.net> ; chris@seakayakermag.com <mailto:chris@seakayakermag.com> ; david_ward@ymca.ca <mailto:david_ward@ymca.ca> ; dbookbinder@acanet.org <mailto:dbookbinder@acanet.org> ; editor@crca.ca <mailto:editor@crca.ca> ; editor@usa.redcross.org <mailto:editor@usa.redcross.org> ; education@usatoday.com <mailto:education@usatoday.com> ; glska@canada.com <mailto:glska@canada.com> ; info@usa.redcross.org <mailto:info@usa.redcross.org> ; jseymour@acanet.org <mailto:jseymour@acanet.org> ; letters@canoekayak.com <mailto:letters@canoekayak.com> ; services@ymca.ca <mailto:services@ymca.ca> ; youthsafety@nsc.org <mailto:youthsafety@nsc.org> etc.

Sent: Monday, October 23, 2000 9:05 AM Subject: Fundamental Canoe and Kayak Safety for Schools and Camps: Legal Rights and Moral Obligations
 

Dear: Directors of the Trade Association of Paddlesports
Folks at Canoe and Kayak Magazine (Ralph, Glen etc.)
Folks at Sea Kayaker Magazine (Chris, George, Matt etc.)
Folks at Atlantic Coastal Kayaker (Jay, Ken etc.)
Folks at other magazines and information services

Re: Canoe and Kayak Safety for Kids and Adults: Legal Rights and Moral Obligations
Was:Death by Paddlefloat, Seakayaker,Oct.2000, p.48, Atlantic Coastal Kayaker, Aug.2000, p.21

Thanks a lot for your kind support. I know this issue has bothered most of you for many years. Cults are usually quite dangerous, combining irrational ideas with high emotional investment. Angry and irrational people are bad news.

Every canoe and kayak should be a potential life raft; not a potential death trap. And always wear a PFD, just like a car seatbelt. Sea Kayaker and Canoe and Kayak among all of the others, tried to set this right in 1993. The cult won (just follow the money trail.)

(See website clippings: Search "kayak safety", and you will soon find http://www.sponsonguy.com , make sure you are on "index" page.)

Look at those 4 dead school children in the UK back then. The waves were not very large. If they had used the popular, wide, sit-on-top surfing kayaks with big, fat, sponsons, they would be alive today. Just imagine what the parents, teachers, and the citizens think about this scandal now! Some Canoe and Kayak "experts" in the UK (and elsewhere) still declare that narrow kayaks without sponsons are more stable in waves. Incredible isn't it? Cults are like that, to reasonable society.

Just look at those big built-in sponsons on the surf kayaks, and read the magazine clippings about stability and the paddlefloat. In the US, 20 kids were treated for hypothermia after a school trip on Tampa Bay. Canada let a YMCA camp nearly wipe out a school class in the same conditions as the UK students. You would think "experts" would be embarrassed to appear so "stupid." Not if the money trail rewards them. They take their rewards from the cult. Rational, outside society does not count to them.

Camps and schools can't afford $400 dry suits for everyone. Who would want to induce heatstroke in so many kids anyway? We want canoes and kayaks to be a positive experience for kids. Kids are smart. If they don't want to be cooked on a school trip they can find a good lawyer for their civil rights. (Also, they still need to be rescued from cold water, even in dry suits.) Without sponsons this is impossible.

Canoe and kayak safety means canoes and kayaks are stable in emergencies, even flooded with water. Paddle to safety; at least get out of the cold water. (Nature's power to flood canoes and kayaks exceeds human power to prevent same). Do not bet human life on hand held pumps, sprayskirts and blind faith. These ritual beliefs have killed enough. Cult safety.

The "experts" who say wide kayaks and canoes are not as stable in waves, by the way, have forgotten an important mathematical figure in their graphs. It is the Law of Gravity. That is why the most stable surfing kayaks have big built-in sponsons. And smart expedition paddlers, who know that there are limits to their skill, strength, and endurance, always wear a PFD and carry sponsons.

I hope all of the magazines and information services are now co-operating efficiently to ensure the legal rights of paddlers to canoe and kayak safety. Sponsons can be included with every $3000 canoe and kayak at the factory, for $20 using economies of scale of 40,000.

Just like seat belts in cars.

Remember, a smart kid can ask why his dead friend didn't have $20 safety gear. The answer had better be good, not "junk math". The teachers, The schools, The Red Cross, The YMCA, The Churches, and the Entire Society could be very angry too. Just like the UK. Negligence is a big word. Bigger than any cult.

We can turn things around fast. We cannot afford to support a cult, legally or morally.

Thanks a lot, Tim


Jim Seymour at the American Canoe Association (ACA) might appear very reasonable. However, despite his good qualities, his job at the ACA depends on selling all sorts of deadly and expensive instruction.

They use a Pyramid Scheme. The instruction is very time-consuming, expensive and is very difficult (even impossible) for normal people to accomplish in a swimming pool. But these trainees are told that after the ACA certificate: "You too can make money doing this!"

In fact no-one can paddle a fully flooded canoe to shore without sponsons. And most authors, from Bill Mason, in "Song of the Paddle" to the ACA's own Cliff Jacobson*, member of the ACA Hall of Fame, know : "The canoe-over-canoe rescue touted by the Red Cross and Boy Scouts is generally impossible to perform in a running sea. Far better to forget about the swamped canoe and gear and put your efforts into rescuing the paddlers." (p.202, Expedition Canoeing, 2005.) Of course the 12 boys and 1 leader found dead floating in PFDs in Lake Temiskaming 1978 could not get out of the water into the un-capsized canoes without capsizing them too. Despite years of this training. *Jacobson knows about sponsons! He kills for profit.

*ACA Jacobson, Dillon, Black, Yeager and others, have tortured well over one hundred (100) American children to death in cool waters since 1993. (See the canoe/kayak death figures at the US Coast Guard website. They are still at it. Tell your State Attorney to get these child-murderers to court immediately!

The ACA deliberately prevents sponsons from being sold because sponsons make canoes and kayaks "too safe". If all canoes and kayaks had built-in CO2 sponsons, there would be no need to buy expensive, time-consuming instruction that does not work.


All State Departments of the Attorney-General
US Coast Guard, Office of Boating Safety
Consumer Protection Safety Commission
Federal Bureau of Investigation
American Bar Association
American Trial Lawyers Association

Please Note: I have not received email from the last 3 weeks due to a server problem. Please resend any mail to me.
The following is a result of a recent mediation initiative by the State of Florida. It outlines the deadly fraud and policies of the American Canoe Association dating from 1994, and killing about 1000 paddlers in this period.

Dear Ms. Fuchs:

Re: Canoe and Kayak Murders by American Canoe Association etc.

Thank you for forwarding the response by the American Canoe Association to my original claim of deadly consumer fraud, as shown below.

Sadly, every responsible citizen must participate in the democratic process, for the common good, even when this apparently requires charges of murder. I refer to murder in the second degree against the ACA, its' commercial magazine Paddler, and accomplices in this deadly consumer fraud, sufficient evidence perhaps to justify charges of murder: Canoe and Kayak Magazine, and Sea Kayaker Magazine.

As you will see below, the public was deliberately endangered by apparently crazy ACA policies, against all commonsense or value of 1000 lives of US citizens. In view of the very large number of deaths, the nature of the apparent crime, the cult-like belief systems, even to the extent that "several very experienced sea-kayakers" cannot easily deploy sponsons like a 10 year old child, or a judge and jury the first time, or the US military, and all major authors, I am asking the FBI for advice. The FBI has a large law enforcement mandate and specialists in the areas of cult killings. Of course I want the legal rights of citizens protected, in view of 1000 preventable deaths. But the legal rights of the ACA, its' magazine, its' employees, and those of Canoe and Kayak and Sea Kayaker Magazines must be ensured also. The FBI has professionals trained to accomplish this.

The US Coast Guard has made a remarkable contribution to public safety through its' public announcement: "Canoes and kayaks have by far the highest fatality rates per million hours of exposure (.42) as any other boat type." Release No:071-01:
"May 24, 2001
BOSTON -- The Coast Guard Atlantic Area commander formally announced the beginning of a four-year operation aimed at reducing the-more-than 700 boating fatalities each year... Canoes and kayaks have by far the highest fatality rates per million hours of exposure (.42) as any other boat type. Most of these are due to drowning."

A Clarification: Most canoe and kayak deaths are due to drowning, despite wearing a PFD, like Dr. Martin Gould and Mr. Marty Dismukes of Pensacola, Florida. Evidently they spent a long time in the water and they were found close together in death, as in life. They were reportedly boyhood friends re-enacting a trip from their youth. They were denied knowledge of sponsons, as Mr. Black of the ACA indicates in his reference to "Performance Video's Sea-Kayaking video" in 1994. About 1000 (one thousand) US canoe and kayak deaths ago. Despite the US military Special Forces (10th Airborne) evaluation: "basic, no nonsense...equipment...dramatically increase...safety and...capabilities." The major authors report similar findings (Harrison, Hutchinson, Dowd, Stuhaug, Ford, Ramwell, Foster, Hanson, Knapp, etc. etc.)

You will notice that Mr. Black, ACA Director of Safety, Education and Instruction uses "bait and switch" fraud techniques that have killed so many innocent people, as stated below.

I want to first congratulate the Department of the Attorney General for the State of Florida in forcing the American Canoe Association into mediation. Their legal counsel, Mr. David Bookbinder attempted to get Mr. Black to communicate with me last August 2000 (100 US deaths ago). Mr. Bookbinder had sent me a letter 2 months previously regarding charges of libel and other threats. Mr. Bookbinder seemed very aware of the safety issues and helpful on the phone however. He suggested mediation, which Mr. Black refused.

1. Mr. Black's letter to you is plain evidence of his fraudulent technique: He deliberately avoids discussing the specific complaint below regarding paddlefloats and Eskimo rolls, switching to "never boat alone", so they can be rescued by a companion. Of course, in capsizing conditions companions are at risk too. In Florida the near deaths of 20 students and 6 supervising adults in Tampa Bay attest to Mr. Black's tricky reply.

His ACA program still teaches Eskimo rolls and paddlefloats that kill as below. By avoiding discussion of this fact (without indicating to you his reasons for sidestepping), he indicates this is a topic he avoids. Paddlefloat instruction and Eskimo rolls are a major part of lucrative ACA instruction programs. They do not work in emergency conditions in wind and waves. Most people can never roll, no matter how much practice, and they are still in the same capsizing conditions. The paddlefloat leaves people in a less stable position than before capsize, attempting to retrieve the paddle behind them without recapsizing, and unable to pump out without undoing their PFD!

2. The major authors state that all canoes and kayaks must have a reliable means for self-rescue, to escape death. Relying on companions such as trained guides in emergencies is deadly, as evidenced by the 4 dead students in the UK below.

3. Essentially he condemns the idea of 2 floats, creating a "life raft" from any canoe or kayak in 20 seconds. He says, "ready to use foam sponsons on deck would severely compromise handling in any wind, thereby potentially endangering the paddler more than if sponsons were not present." He forgets that childrens' schoolbooks feature pictures of Eskimo kayaks, paddled with very large harpoon floats, larger than sponsons, in any weather that may be encountered while hunting. Why lie to children?

Expedition Kayaks are always paddled with large deck loads fore and aft of the cockpit, in the Arctic, Antarctic and Cape Horn regions. Sponsons can be 2 dry bags containing lightweight bulky items such as sleeping bags, or 2 rolled up foam sleeping mats. Mr. Black is greatly mistaken regarding deck sponsons/paddling in strong winds.

4. Mr. Black emphasizes he has spoken to "several extremely experienced sea-kayakers" who he reports "found them difficult to deploy, flimsy, and generally of little or no value for re-entry."

These frauds and con-artists will have a very hard time proving to a judge and jury their "difficult" experience when a 10 year old child at www.sponsonguy.com/safetyschool.html http://www.sponsonguy.com/safetyschool.html manages the first time. (The $25 CO2 sponsons require no previous experience whatsoever, completely fool-proof, life car seat belts, airbags, ABS brakes, etc. Just pull a cord like an Inflatable PFD.) How can Mr. Black and his fraud artists, having deliberately sent 1000 US citizens to their deaths, be less physically and mentally competent than this child? The judge and jury will ask.

5. Mr. Black asserts that paddlefloats stabilize kayaks to permit towing of a disabled paddler. This is untrue. Most kayaks do not have a means to secure 2 paddles to a kayak, and if this were done, the outriggers would prevent rescuers from coming alongside the victim. They would have to swim from their kayaks to the victim.

Sponsons permit attending to an unconscious victim, and sponsons permit towing with minimal drag. The wider the kayak or canoe, the greater the righting lever, permitting less immersion of the sponsons and even less drag. Mr. Black is either deliberately lying or is greatly confused. Unlike a 10 year old child or Ralph Diaz of Canoe and Kayak Magazine, or John Winters at Sea Kayaker. Both of these men state sponsons offer almost no drag in "Paddlewise". Drag is no big problem to any major author. Sponsoned canoes and kayaks have been sailed across the Atlantic Ocean (Dr. Lindemann), and almost to Iceland from Norway. One man far offshore the coast of Texas when his sailboat suddenly sank, had only a flooded kayak, a paddle, and sponsons. He managed to re-enter the fully flooded boat in big, breaking seas, at night. Then he paddled the fully flooded kayak many miles to safety. (The story is in Sea Kayaker Dec. '97.)

6. The judge or jury, attorney generals, the US Coast Guard, and other concerned citizens will ask how the ACA, its' magazine Paddler, Canoe and Kayak Magazine, and Sea Kayaker magazine could endanger the public so grievously, in such a deliberate manner.

It is obvious to me that the best idea is to equip every canoe and kayak with inexpensive foam sponsons, stowed on the rear decks or inside an open canoe secured to the middle thwart. They can never float away due to a short security leash. And anyone, even without instruction, can clip each sponson to a dedicated fastener on each side of the kayak in seconds. Safety devices must be so obvious that they can be used without confusion in emergencies. The paddlefloat is a murder weapon, depending on highly practiced balancing techniques and designed to break paddles if ever used as directed.

Gas cartridge sponsons can be deployed in seconds by pulling a rip cord. (They would retail at about $200 US, factory equipped in economies of scale: $25 each.) The foam sponsons could retrofit every canoe and kayak for about $20 retail. Orally inflated sponsons weighing half a pound, at about $100 save lives despite a flooded cockpit. Dry Bag Sponsons could stow sleeping bags and other lightweight items on expeditions. Foam sleeping mats are inexpensive sponsons for Boy Scouts and YMCA camps. Hypothermia kills most people, even wearing a PFD. Get their body cores out of the water to paddle or tow to safety.

Please note that I do not sell, nor have I any commercial connection to www.oceankayak.com <http://www.oceankayak.com>, www.heritagekayaks.com <http://www.heritagekayaks.com> or www.cobrakayaks.com <http://www.cobrakayaks.com> All of these companies sell kayaks with built-in sponsons.

This type of kayak outsells traditional canoes and kayaks, sales estimated at over 5 times, if inflatable and folding kayaks (with inflatable sponsons) are included. Significantly these sponsoned kayaks, despite numbers and dangerous use with no ACA instruction program, have a much lower death rate than ACA-type kayaks and canoes. On whitewater rivers these kayaks have no sprayskirts to trap paddlers who then flow into hazards and drown. People with no ACA instruction are more likely to float clear from the hazards, despite paddling in the same dangerous rivers as ACA types. Children and adults are trapped by tight ACA type sprayskirts and drowned. The pictures of children in sprayskirts at YMCA camps are frightening!

On open water sponsoned kayaks are less likely to capsize, but permit simple re-entry to escape death. Most of the US deaths reported in 2001 have paddlers wearing PFDs but dying in the water.

The ACA safety program described by Mr. Black is so complex and impossible to achieve for most people, and sponsons are so simple, even for a 10 year old, a judge and jury, all major authors, (especially 20 second foam sponsons), that it appears Mr Black and the ACA are attempting to sell their instruction at the high cost of 1000 dead US citizens since 1994.

As Mr. Black suggests indirectly in his letter, profits from commercial programs like the ACA's Paddler Magazine, its' membership dues, advertising, and expensive instruction programs teaching unreliable Eskimo rolls etc., can be strong motive for criminal behavior. My sponsons apparently threaten the ACA instruction program, which only applies now to the minority group of canoes and kayaks: Those that are unsponsoned and cause most deaths.

Mr. Black states that I sell sponsons and lie to the public about safety. In fact I am a former scoutmaster and YMCA counsellor and canoe instructor. I sell sponsons because they are safest for canoes and kayaks, just as PFDs are safer than relying on swimming skills. Mr. Black explicitly favours relying on skills, contradicting modern lifesaving techniques (reliant on equipment) and commonsense.

The US Coast Guard: "Canoes and kayaks have by far the highest fatality rates per million hours of exposure (.42) as any other boat type." Release No:071-01 This document provides strong initiative to save people now dying in kayaks in canoes because they can't get to safety. Even if they are wearing a PFD. Sponsoned canoes and kayaks can save some of the foolish or unfortunate people who do not wear PFDs, simply by providing a stable swimming platform "life raft" that can be paddled to safety.

I note that some sections of the US Coast Guard have been tricked by the apparent perfidy of the ACA and now recommend to the public the use of paddlefloats. This endangers the US Coast Guard Boating Safety program for kayaks and canoes:

"May 24, 2001
BOSTON -- The Coast Guard Atlantic Area commander formally announced the beginning of a four-year operation aimed at reducing the-more-than 700 boating fatalities each year... Canoes and kayaks have by far the highest fatality rates per million hours of exposure (.42) as any other boat type. Most of these are due to drowning."

I hope the FBI or any process initiated by any state department, or legal group can quickly end the preventable canoe and kayak deaths in the US. Success in the US will quickly lead to change in Australia, the UK, Canada, Germany, France and Europe. In fact all over the world, where canoes and kayaks are used.

In a closing note, canoes and kayaks are over 5,000 years old. Grave models in the Bering Sea area show double harpoon floats that are half the size of the usual "avataq" in childrens' schoolbooks, (showing a hunter paddling a kayak with a big float on the rear deck.) Antropologists, Ethnologists, and Archaeologists note that double floats were held down in the water by Arctic peoples in their kayaks, to stabilize them in storms, from Alaska to Greenland. They could not paddle to safety when deployed, unlike modern sponsons. But they were much more common than "Eskimo rolling" that was very dangerous. Only small parts of northern Alaska and Greenland rolled, but the annual championships in Greenland now use a rescue boat due to the rolling failures of the world champions. It is not suitable for YMCA camps, boyscouts etc., as proposed in ACA's Paddler Magazine. It is important to realize that sprayskirts on Greenland kayaks are not held on by a rim and strong elastic. They do not want to trap people and kill them when capsized, especially when rolling fails.

Paddlefloats have never existed in the Arctic in over 5,000 years. They make kayaks less stable in waves after capsize and break paddles.

Please contact me by email, phone or FAX (705-549-3722)

Tim Ingram


----- Original Message -----
From: oldguy (Tim Ingram) <mailto:oldguy@csolve.net (Tim Ingram)> To:<consumer@mail.doacs.state.fl.us> Sent: Tuesday, May 29, 2001 1:19 PM Subject: Misleading Canoe and Kayak Safety

Dear Sir or Madam:

Re: Misleading Safety Information/Deceptive Marketing: Canoe and Kayaks

This public safety issue has resulted in hundreds of needless deaths in the US recently.
It speaks for itself, since the American Canoe Association in its' magazine "Paddler" acknowledges that fewer than 20 % of the public can "Eskimo roll" in a swimming pool.

I am registering a complaint with your department regarding the 2 major canoe and kayak magazines, and the American Canoe Association.

1. Canoe and Kayak Magazine
Primedia Inc.
10526 NE 68th Street, Suite 3, Kirkland WA 98033
www.canoekayak.com <http://www.canoekayak.com>

2. Sea Kayaker Inc.
7001 Seaview Ave. NW, Suite 135, Seattle WA 98117-6009
www.seakayakermag.com <http://www.seakayakermag.com>

3. American Canoe Association
7432 Alban Station Blvd., Suite B-232, Springfield, VA 22150
www.aca-paddler.org <http://www.aca-paddler.org>

Both magazines and the ACA have been misleading the public with regard to canoe and kayak rescues since 1993, when both magazines first published articles acknowledging the superior safety of kayak sponsons. Please see www.sponsonguy.com http://www.sponsonguy.com regarding the 1993 reports. I have original copies.

After the sponson reports these magazines were attacked by manufacturers, instructors, and advertisers who wished to continue teaching Eskimo Rolls and Paddlefloat Rescues in kayaks, that do not work reliably for most of the public, expert or novice.

The fundamental problem was that sponsons were so simple that most of the public could rescue themselves without much instruction or practice. There are now 12 different 20 second models, closed-cell foam, oral and gas cartridge inflatable sponsons.

These models adapt to the differing safety needs of all paddlers, and quickly fit to all of the different canoe and kayak designs. They offer differing levels of stability, ease of deployment and ease of re-entry. They can be as inexpensive as $5 for foam sponsons.

These magazines and the ACA refuse to teach use of these sponsons and advocate instead: rolls, paddlefloats and other rescue ideas that are not safe because they do not provide emergency stability.

The instructors and manufacturers think they will lose income. However, it is obvious that weather reading, realistic paddling skills, and risk management are more appropriate subjects than rescues that don't work.

As an example of misleading safety information, Canoe and Kayak Magazine states in Kayak Touring 2001, p.53: "There are many solo rescues available to kayakers, the Eskimo roll being the most famous and effective. It's also the hardest...An outrigger rescue with a paddlefloat..."

This is an obvious untruth. The "hardest" rescue is not the most "effective" since it is obviously is the least reliable. Few "expert" kayakers claim to have a roll reliable enough to trust their own lives. The ACA teaches this as a rescue, intended to save human life.

The paddlefloat rescue is extremely misleading and deadly, even to physically fit and very experienced kayakers. For example, in a recent issue of Seakayaker:

"However Reimer was an experienced sea kayaker...His Eskimo roll was not strong, so there was only his paddlefloat."

"Hanging on to his upside-down boat, he lifted his paddle over his head. In spite of the rough seas, he waved it back and forth..." (Sea Kayaker, June, '01, p.54)

If he were able to wave his paddle so easily, he could have easily clipped on sponsons in 20 seconds.

This man was killed by paddlefloat instruction, like hundreds of others, around the world since 1993. The ACA teaches this as a rescue, intended to save human life.

From the website www.sponsonguy.com (http://www.sponsonguy.com)
20 Second Sponsons
These are simply sponsons pre-inflated and secured on the back deck of kayaks.
So after capsize you simply clip on the nearest sponson (each Fastex clip near a sponson end, then shove the remaining sponson under the boat and clip it on.)

A 10 year old child can turn any ACA instructor into a FOOL in 20 seconds.

Clip, clip, the Fastex buckles and any kayak or canoe is stable enough to paddle fully flooded, to safety. The paddler gets warmed immediately. And the body core is out of cold water in 20 seconds. Plus Re-capsize protection.

1. The Instructor is still in the water.
2. The instructor denies the public re-capsize protection, even in a fully flooded canoe or kayak that can be paddled in 20 seconds.
3. The instructor kills people this way.
I have communicated steadily with both magazines and the ACA since 1993, pleading with them not to continue this misleading safety approach, that has such deadly results.

Recently a YMCA camp took a grade 6 class from Elliott Lake, Ontario in kayaks. Most were capsized in a sudden wind. Only by chance was a large powerboat alerted nearby. It radioed ahead so 3 ambulances were waiting at the nearest road to treat the children for hypothermia, shock etc.

Without sponsons no group of guides can safely rescue clients because they simply recapsize with no means of emergency stability. There are many deaths in canoes and kayaks in Canada and the US, as a result.

Twenty schoolchildren were rescued in Tampa Bay, Florida by the US Coast Guard, and treated for hypothermia. In the UK, 4 schoolchildren died, resulting in convictions for manslaughter.

YMCA camps and Boy Scout troops acknowledge their children are not safe with canoe and kayak safety instruction. However, majority use of misleading and deceptive safety instruction forces them to follow, despite reservations.

Please contact me as soon as possible since the numbers of deaths are growing.

Sincerely,
Tim Ingram
231 Gordon Drive, Penetanguishene, Ontario, Canada L9M 1Y2
Phone/Fax (705) 549-3722, email oldguy@csolve.net <mailto:oldguy@csolve.net>


Email Tactics to Prevent Canoe and Kayak Deaths

The above emails are only a very small sample of the thousands of emails necessary to get the US Coast Guard to act regarding their Kayak/Canoe Sponson Study in early 2002. You will note that there is deliberate over-lapping of information, to emphasize certain facts, ensure some continuity of theme, and to prevent "out of context" manipulation of evidence, when used in court, for example. Regular email feedback and phone calls confirm that these emails are reaching recipients. I am sending the latest emails to the US Senate as well:


Dear Senator Breaux (July 19, 2004):

I am now asking all US Senators to help you stop the Wallop-Breaux canoe and kayak murders. These murders exceed 9-l1 deaths in America, since the American Canoe Association stopped the US Coast Guard from implementing the Level Flotation Standard for Canoes and Kayaks, leaving US citizens to die in the water. The US canoe and kayak industry is very tiny, but has very deadly killers who deliberately murder US citizens in the water. You have figured that out by now.

Tim Ingram

Dear Senator Breaux (July 6, 2004):

Re: Wallop-Breaux Canoe and Kayak Murder Program

As you know, I have contacted the entire US Senate with this information: Your trust fund is used to murder Americans. I am also following up with phone calls to your office and other Senators like Ted Kennedy, Hillary Clinton and Tom Daschle, to name a few.

Wallop-Breaux dollars murder US children as well as parents, brothers, sisters etc. Most citizens think that the US Coast Guard saves lives, instead of murdering them in canoes and kayaks. Just think of the cost to the taxpayer to achieve every dead body in canoes and kayaks!

The US Coast Guard at the time of Abraham Lincoln and for a century later, was devoted to lifesaving instead of leaving victims to die in the water in canoes and kayaks. Murdering citizens in canoes and kayaks by leaving them in the water to die, while dutifully wearing a PFD, has no economic value. The ACA makes a little money murdering citizens from Wallop-Breaux grants, but this is not big business like an Enron scam. This Wallop-Breaux murder program is a crime against humanity.

My next book will examine this deliberate murder and torture of innocent citizens on US soil. As a Pennsylvanian, this is my duty. The Milgram experiments at Yale were partly a product of the questions raised by the Nuremburg trials. Goldhagen's "Hitler's Willing Executioners" made interesting comments about the Milgram experiments, that were conducted in many other countries as well. This was a best-selling book in Germany.

Type the title of my book "Canoe and Kayak Scam Kills 1000 Americans: US Coast Guard Studies Device to Save Victims" into the Search box of Google. You can buy it at all of the major online bookstores around the world. My next book will also be on Google soon. It will be much different. It is a study that would have shocked Milgram and Goldhagen.

Did you know that Coast Guard Rescue organizations and lifesaving organizations around the world now use the most popular, short (10 foot) "recreational" kayaks with my integral sponsons? These short kayaks have big cockpits that are awash during rescues, to provide neutral buoyancy ballast for greater stability. The flooded cockpit couples with the sponsons' buoyancy to provide much more stability than sponsons alone. Years ago lifesavers used "sit-on-top" kayaks with sponsons to get into rocky spots where normal Coast Guard Rescue Zodiacs can't go; (nor helicopters, even if they were much more plentiful and able to arrive in time, since they risk crashing into cliffs and losing rescue swimmers.)

The sponsoned recreational kayaks are just carried in the Zodiacs and launched to rescue the dying paddlers, by dragging them aboard the flooded recreational kayak. Without wrecking a Zodiac on the rocks. Pretty simple and inexpensive. Why not equip all canoes and kayaks with $50 US Coast Guard CO2 Sponsons at the factory-for a self-rescue Level Flotation Standard- US law for all small boats for nearly 3 decades? Less expensive than murdering Americans.

Phone me anytime.

Tim Ingram 705-549-3722


Dear Senator Breaux (June 28):

Re. Wallop-Breaux Trust Funds American Canoe Association, Killing 1000 Americans, US Coast Guard Sponson Study

Your experience in government should quickly cut through this deadly scandal. The US Coast Guard spends billions in infrastructure to save lives by rescuing victims from the water, then spends Wallop-Breaux dollars to leave victims in canoes and kayaks dying in the water, for the highest death rate in US history!

I was born in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, Nov. 15, 1949. I am curious about how fast you can correct this crazy mess Killing Innocent American Citizens, that Your Good Name is attached to. Thank you.

Tim Ingram, phone 705-549-3722


June 24, 2004

Dear Senator Breaux:

Re. Wallop-Breaux Trust Funds American Canoe Association, Killing 1000 Americans, US Coast Guard Sponson Study

You need to know that USCG grants to the ACA from the Wallop-Breaux Trust are misused to kill innocent Americans. I was born in Pennsylvania and it sickens me that your good name is associated with the highest death rate in the history of the United States!
 
 

Only 200 Ford Explorer deaths since 5 million "rollover-types" were made 1990-2001 (America's most popular SUV). But 1000 US canoe/kayak deaths occurred in the same period. The CANOE/KAYAK Death Rate greatly exceeds the 5 million Ford Explorers' DEATH RATE, most driven daily for hours at a time. (USCG BARD).

"Sponsons work well...Coast Guard evaluated mandated side flotation for these boats in the mid-seventies...to create a stable rescue platform." (Charlie Walbridge, "River Safety Report, American Canoe Association". "Canoe and Kayak Scam Kills 1000 Americans", p.135)

The Level Flotation Standard for small boats is nearly 3 decades old, to provide a rescue platform so people don't die in the water: US Coast Guard Boating Safety Circular 73* "Establishes level flotation standards on rowboats and outboard boats less than 20 feet in length, the boats most often involved in swamping and capsizing accidents, so that the boat will float level when swamped and provide a safe platform until rescue. 33 CFR 183. Issued April 18, 1977; Effective August 1, 1978." Only canoes and kayaks have a US Coast Guard Safety Exemption (that Chairman Muldoon threatened the ACA to lift, NBSAC minutes October 2002.) Well over 100 US canoe and kayak deaths ago.

The American Canoe Association (ACA) has murdered nearly 3,000 innocent US citizens in canoes and kayaks according to Mr. Walbridge. This matches 9/11 in deaths. In view of this ongoing murder of US citizens and Homeland Security, Please Fax this to Mr. M.D. Russell, Chief, US Coast Guard Office of General Law, at 202-267-4287 and remind him of my March 1, 2002 letter and facsimile to him.

US Canoes and Kayaks, prevented from having the USCG Level Flotation Standard 33 CFR 183, deliberately leave victims to die in the water, wearing a PFD or not (35% of 2002 victims dead in the water wearing PFDs.)

These victims are murdered by the American Canoe Association, with the help of US Coast Guard Wallop-Breaux grants, to lure people into water from which they have no means to escape.

1000 dead victims are told that they "need to wear a PFD to avoid death." In fact no PFD can get them out of the water, where they will die.

Some of the 1000 victims are sold expensive and time-consuming "Eskimo Rolling" instruction, that no judge and jury can ever accomplish in a swimming pool. "The Greenland National Championships use a rescue powerboat. The world champion rollers are not reliable enough to save their lives!" (Sea Kayaker, Feb. 2001, p.41)
 
 

USCG Level Flotation Standard for Canoes and Kayaks

NASBLA Boats and Associated Equipment Committee:

"7. Review USCG study on supplemental flotation for non-powered craft... Snyder said none of these boats should sink. Boats under 20 feet with outboards must have level flotation why shouldn't paddlecraft?"

The LEVEL FLOTATION STANDARD saves lives by providing a rescue platform when small boats are swamped. That's why it says: "LEVEL". Canoes and Kayaks are too narrow to put foam blocks under seats obviously. Even if you put flotation everywhere inside, canoes and kayaks are still unstable, and deny any victims a rescue platform. Without a rescue platform victims die in the water even wearing a PFD (35%). I think everyone is intelligent enough to understand this, even ACA Pam Dillon below. It is Obvious.

The USCG Level Flotation Standard for Canoes and Kayaks requires USCG CO2 SPONSONS to provide a wide enough rescue platform to save these innocent US victims, including children.

1. Mr. Ray Tsuneyoshi's "automatic inflating sponsons for canoes" USCG National Boating Safety Advisory Council (NBSAC) in the Minutes, 22 - 23 April 2002, are in 2 tiny containers, each container is eight (8) inches long and three (3) inches in diameter. These tiny containers are $25 each and are bolted to each side of the hull well above the waterline. They cannot affect normal paddling, no matter how extreme.

Sponsons only touch the water when the "emergency" cord is pulled and the CO2 cartridge inflates them as shown in the picture links below. Then victims cannot die because they can climb out of the water. They can also pick up many other drowning victims in the water. They can paddle to shore immediately.

2. Check: "Canoe and Kayak Scam Kills 1000 Americans: US Coast Guard Studies Device to Save Victims" <http://www.1stbooks.com/bookview/16818> details the murders of 1000 US citizens in canoes and kayaks, over a 10 year period. (Just paste this book link into the address bar of your browser if necessary: <http://www.1stBooks.com/bookview/16818> ). OR just type the Title into GOOGLE. This book will show up on Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble and a dozen more, all over the world.

US Coast Guard statistics (BARD) document that almost all of these victims died not on deadly whitewater rivers. To get out of the water and live they needed "automatic inflating sponsons", similar to the sponsons used by Professional Rescuers (police, fire departments etc.), to construct buoyant devices for tricky ice and water rescues.

Dillon, Black, Lull and Ford at the American Canoe Association have murdered over 1000 US citizens since Ford's sea kayaking video produced in 1993.

Be careful of Dillon in the NASBLA Committee: "Dillon said sponsons have a place on some boats and with some boaters, but it's a personal selection. Paddlers use all sides of their boats for maneuvering and playing. Vessels having these sponsons outside the boat change the entire nature of the craft."

These sponsons are in tiny $25 CO2 containers on each side.

Dillon and the ACA want to murder as many US citizens as possible.

3. The Level Flotation Standard mentioned by Dick Snyder for paddlecraft above, has been possible for canoes and kayaks for well over a decade.

4. US Coast Guard report 071-01: "Canoes and kayaks have by far the highest fatality rates per million hours of exposure (.42) as any other boat type". This USCG figure may be far too low, considering the death statistics of the Ford/Firestone scandal, over a decade, with many more vehicles, many more use/hours daily, and only 200 deaths.

Dillon lies to NASBLA regarding this report. The US canoe and kayak industry has been steadily shrinking for years according to the American Canoe Association (ACA). See their deadly commercial magazine Paddler, Mar./Apr., 2004, p.8 and Jan./Feb., 2004, p.8.

Canoes and kayaks always have the largest drowning death numbers, despite PFD use of 32-35% by dead victims since 2000. "A total of 105 canoeists and kayakers drowned in 1998. Canoes and kayaks have the highest fatality rate of all boat types ñ double the rate of personal watercraft and 4 times higher than open motorboats." (Before the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation of the U.S. House of Representatives, May 15, 2001, BOAT/U.S.)

5. I am relieved to see NASBLA is steadily working on Canoe and Kayak Sponsons. Thank you. This is the deadliest time of the year in North America. A terribly sad Inquest was just held in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario (just across the bridge from Michigan.) A US Coast Guard Helicopter was too late for 2 eleven-year old Girl Guides, as were the tremendous efforts of the Ontario Provincial Police. Deadly canoeing instruction was questioned and sponsons were suggested. The 13 dead from St. John's School were recalled: Dying on a canoe trip in 1978 after hundreds of hours of instruction over many months of preparation. The Girl Guide Inquest was in this regard deja-vu for the coroner's inquest 25 years before.

No judge or jury is able to get themselves out of the water after capsizing a canoe in a swimming pool, using this instruction.

Mandatory PFD use and $50 Automatic Sponsons for every canoe and kayak make drowning almost impossible. (Rate of body heat loss in water is 25 times the rate in air.) Victims are fishers, hunters, men, women and children. Already 32%-35% of dead canoe and kayak victims are wearing PFDs in years 2000-2002 (USCG BARD statistics).

These murders must be examined in court, under oath.

Even very young children, in pictures on the link <http://www.bconnex.net/~timkayak/safety_1.html>, can rescue more than one drowning adult at the same time. The steadily shrinking canoe or kayak industry could use this radically improved safety to attract new enthusiasts. However, expensive and time-consuming ACA lessons that are so difficult that they provide no reliable means to get out of the water, fraudulently generate more money than one-time sales of canoes and kayaks, equipped with 5 second rescue sponsons.

references:

National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, (NASBLA) Boating Accident Investigation, Reporting and Analysis Committee Minutes, April 16, 2002: "As for non-motorized boats, several committee members reported receiving email from Tim Ingram, who is rather severe, but he got some attention. Perhaps sponsons are a good alternative. Frank Disbrow commented that about 50% fatalities in Connecticut are canoes and kayaks."

The USCG National Boating Safety Advisory Council (NBSAC) also recognized Sponsons in the Minutes, 22 - 23 April 2002: "Mr. Tsuneyoshi had an observation then a question... He then asked where the ACA stood on automatic inflating sponsons for canoes."

ACA Yeager lied, referring to sponsons as "training wheels" when they obviously have no "training" function. Sponsons are "automatically inflating" in emergencies, concealed in 2 tiny containers on any canoe or kayak, above the waterline and almost un-noticeable except for the words "emergency rescue". Lightweight (1 lb.), inexpensive ($50 installed at the factory), sponsons are manufactured exactly like US Coast Guard approved CO2 gas-inflating PFDs, with back-up oral inflation. ACA Black also lied to the Attorney General of Florida only a few months previously, stating any kind of sponsons did not work. See this letter in the book on the link "Canoe and Kayak Scam Kills 1000 Americans: US Coast Guard Studies Device to Save Victims" <http://www.1stbooks.com/bookview/16818> .

Hundreds of wrongful death lawsuits cannot stop these needless deaths. See hundreds of ineffective US jetski lawsuits and out of court settlements! Many families of victims do not even know that their loved ones were put to death using the most deadly canoes and kayaks possible, and the most misleading instruction. Some families have been "signed off" on their legal rights, by insurance companies and others who wish to cover up this scandal.

Prosecute Pam Dillon, Gordon Black, John Lull and Kent Ford in Virgina and convict them, like the Washington snipers.

The enormity of numbers of US citizens murdered in canoes and kayaks by these people, absolutely no remorse, and continuing resolute lying to this NASBLA committee by ACA Dillon suggests that these killers cannot be rehabilitated. (Quite apart from the feelings and rights of thousands of US families and loved ones, of the 1000 victims.)

These first-degree, psychopathic murders in huge numbers - Dillon and the rest are intelligent enough to understand LEVEL FLOTATION STANDARD FOR CANOES AND KAYAKS and the consequences of causing paddlesport victims to die in the water in such huge numbers - indicate personalities like bin Laden or McVeigh of the Oklahoma City bombing.

Pam Dillon, Gordon Black, John Lull and Kent Ford are not "nice people." They want canoes and kayaks to murder as many as possible, and SELL DEADLY INSTRUCTION. This is obvious. They are the most successful murderers in US history. More victims than all serial killers put together. Second only to bin Laden.

The USCG helicopter was too late for 2 Girl Guides wearing PFDs in canoes May 31st, 2003. They were eleven years of age and one had previous rolling instruction in kayaks. These smart little girls were the victms of criminals.

The American Canoe Association has continually defrauded the US Coast Guard, who unwittingly funded the scam to leave US citizens dying in the water with no means of escape: <http://www.bconnex.net/~timkayak/safety_1.html>

The American Canoe Association does not represent any US citizens in canoes and kayaks. It only murders them: "All national paddlesports organizations combined comprise just one percent of committed users and a tenth-percent of the total user group...To represent paddlers to regulatory agencies with legitimacy, an organization should represent at least 10 percent of the sport's committed users...The ACA is the paddlesport organization best placed ...to protect paddlers from paddlecraft registration, required education and mandated PFD use...protecting our sport from needless government regulation." (Paddler, Sept./Oct., 2003, p.84)

Senator Breaux: Coast Guard Rescue organizations in other parts of the world are beginning to carry short "recreational" kayaks aboard their Zodiac rescue powerboats (with the big air sponsons at the gunwales for maximum stability themselves). The Zodiacs can't get close to victims near rocks, endangering rescuers; but the sponson equipped rec. kayak can paddle in and drag victims out of the water to get them to the Zodiac.

These rec. kayaks rescue boats cost $500 US with the CO2 sponsons!

The public can rescue themselves instead of dying in these recreational kayaks as in the case of 2 young women in Massachusetts. Mandatory PFD wear is good, but PFDs alone could not have saved them in the flooded kayaks without mandatory sponsons to get out of the water immediately. Hypothermia kills quickly by weakening victims, heads are not able to be kept out of the water and victims drown wearing PFDs. See:
http://www.vse.cape.com/~harborm/ciha/kayakersmissing2.html

I am certain Senator Breaux that your experience in government will quickly cut through this deadly scandal. The US Coast Guard spends billions in infrastructure to save lives by rescuing victims from the water, then spends Wallop-Breaux dollars to leave victims in canoes and kayaks dying in the water, for the highest death rate in US history!

There have been "stranger" happenings in Washington.

Thank you for your attention to this scandal. Phone me or email me anytime. I believe that there are excellent people in the USCG Office of Boating Safety, but they seem to be prevented from saving lives in canoes in kayaks in a simple, commonsense manner.

(I have documented the American Canoe Association's wrong-doing so thoroughly for years that the high bar for criminal charges of murder has been met. This requires only a few simple questions under oath in court regarding commonsense saving of lives in canoes and kayaks.)

Yours truly,

Tim Ingram
231 Gordon Drive
Penetanguishene, Ontario
Canada L9M 1Y2
phone 705-549-3722


It has been 5 years, and over 700 US and Canadian canoe and kayak deaths, since David Bookbinder, legal counsel for the American Canoe Association, tried to encourage Gordon Black to speak with me about changing their deadly instruction program. Mr. Black refused. Mr. Black is one of the prominent murderers of the ACA. He does not contest this charge and Mr. Bookbinder, who left the ACA several years ago, knows this charge is not libel. Black and other ACA instructors mentioned above, have deliberately murdered hundreds of innocent citizens with no remorse. For money.


Letter to the US Coast Guard:
 

August 8, 2004

Attention: Rear Admiral Hathaway, Adm Loy, M.D. Russell, Legal Offices, USCG and Homeland Security:

Re: US Coast Guard and Homeland Security Murders 200 Americans in Canoes and Kayaks. Adm. Loy at Homeland Security Warned of This Threat in March 2002.

Abstract: National Transportation Safety Board Washington, D.C. 20594 Safety Recommendation Date: May 2, 2002 In reply refer to: M-02-1 through -4 Admiral James M. Loy Commandant U.S. Coast Guard Washington, D.C. 20593-0001

Admiral Loy knows that deadly, long, and narrow amphibious sightseeing vehicles, like deadly, long and narrow canoes and kayaks are prone to flooding and capsize, and need "...incorporation of buoyant sponsons exterior to the hull. Only the inherent reliability and fail-safe nature of a passive safety system can ensure the level of dependability essential to safeguarding the lives of passengers." p.5

"In summary, the National Transportation Safety Board makes the following safety recommendations to the U.S. Coast Guard: Require that amphibious passenger vehicle operators provide reserve buoyancy through passive means,..." p.10

March 2002 Admiral Loy knows that CO2 PFD Sponsons are the only means to prevent canoe and kayak deaths or amphibious vehicle deaths: "This extremely high fatality rate is due to victims having no means to get out of the water, whether or not wearing a PFD, succumbing to hypothermia, and drowning. The US Coast Guard needs to prevent these needless deaths, simply, reliably and inexpensively. This is easily accomplished by means of Inflatable PFD Sponsons, using the same reliable technology as US Coast Guard approved PFDs, but much less expensive."

Instead, Admiral Loy funded the American Canoe Association (ACA) to murder nearly 200 citizens in canoes and kayaks, denying them CO2 PFD sponsons in order to sell fraudulent and deadly instruction, depriving canoes and kayaks of the simple Level Flotation Standard to get victims out of the water, where they die. This action on the part of the USCG against canoes and kayaks for the past 30 years has murdered far more US citizens than Osama bin Laden!

Canoe and Kayak Safety must simply work, without complex instruction, training or practice: "...incorporation of buoyant sponsons exterior to the hull. Only the inherent reliability and fail-safe nature of a passive safety system can ensure the level of dependability essential to safeguarding the lives of passengers." p.5

(Of course there is no reasonable objection to $25 CO2 PFD sponsons, each in a tiny container above the waterline, each costing $25, each weighing 1 pound. And almost un-noticeable except for the words: "emergency rescue". Pull a cord for a 5 second life raft or rescue platform that can be easily paddled to rescue numerable other dying victims in the water.)

RAdm. Hathaway confirms his part in these cruel, ongoing, and deliberate murders of US civilians by the highest levels of the US Coast Guard and Homeland Security:

""We were prepared to order mandatory PFD wear (last year)," the Coast Guard's Rear Admiral Jeff Hathaway said at April's International Boating and Water Safety Summit in Panama City Beach, Fla., co-hosted by the American Canoe Association (ACA). "But then we stepped back to realize that there might be some partnerships available that we could utilize. The vast majority of accidents occur on boats 21 feet and under. That's what we have to target. I don't want to mandate PFD wear, and if we can come up with the proper message and create PFDs that are comfortable, we don't have to go down that road."" (ACA's "Paddler", July/August, 2004, p. 36.)

Hathaway, Loy, and M.D. Russell (legal counsel) deliberately mislead and murder US citizens and their children by insisting that PFDs can get them out of the water. In fact 35% of the dead in canoes and kayaks are already wearing PFDs. See USCG BARD statistics 2002. They usually drown in the water after suffering hypothermia effects, that quickly weaken victims any time of the year. When they can no longer keep their heads out of the water, they die. No PFD, no matter how comfortable can get victims out of the water.

Mandate PFD use on all small boats immediately since the chance of falling in the water is always high, but Death in canoes and kayaks is imminent without mandating 33 CFR 183. Issued April 18, 1977; Effective August 1, 1978 "Establishes level flotation standards on rowboats and outboard boats less than 20 feet in length, the boats most often involved in swamping and capsizing accidents, so that the boat will float level when swamped and provide a safe platform until rescue." Canoes and kayaks must have this to prevent imminent death, even wearing a PFD.

The US Coast Guard, RAdm. Hathaway, Adm. Loy and M.D. Russell give "Safety Exemptions" to canoes and kayaks that are "Hunting Licences" to murder US citizens. Check the documentation. Thousands of pages!

From Letters and Facsimiles to Adm. Loy and M. D. Russell March, 2002:
"This extremely high fatality rate is due to victims having no means to get out of the water, whether or not wearing a PFD, succumbing to hypothermia, and drowning. The US Coast Guard needs to prevent these needless deaths, simply, reliably and inexpensively. This is easily accomplished by means of Inflatable PFD Sponsons, using the same reliable technology as US Coast Guard approved PFDs, but much less expensive."

(pp. 94-95, "Canoe and Kayak Scam Kills 1000 Americans: US Coast Guard Studies Device to save Victims". Type this title into GOOGLE. Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and dozens of others around the world will ship it to you in a few days. This book details the "Bait and Switch" fraud technique used in murderous ACA instruction.)

Mandate PFD use on all small boats immediately since the chance of falling in the water is always high. But death in canoes and kayaks is imminent without mandating 33 CFR 183. Issued April 18, 1977; Effective August 1, 1978 "Establishes level flotation standards on rowboats and outboard boats less than 20 feet in length, the boats most often involved in swamping and capsizing accidents, so that the boat will float level when swamped and provide a safe platform until rescue." Canoes and kayaks must have this to prevent imminent death, even wearing a PFD, obviously.

The majority of USCG personnel and associates understood this information given to Loy and Russell immediately:

1. National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, (NASBLA) Boating Accident Investigation, Reporting and Analysis Committee Minutes, April 16, 2002: "As for non-motorized boats, several committee members reported receiving email from Tim Ingram, who is rather severe, but he got some attention. Perhaps sponsons are a good alternative. Frank Disbrow commented that about 50% fatalities in Connecticut are canoes and kayaks."

2. The USCG National Boating Safety Advisory Council (NBSAC) also recognized Sponsons in the Minutes, 22 - 23 April 2002: "Mr. Tsuneyoshi had an observation then a question... He then asked where the ACA stood on automatic inflating sponsons for canoes."

ACA Yeager lied, referring to sponsons as "training wheels" when they obviously have no "training" function. Sponsons are "automatically inflating" in emergencies, concealed in 2 tiny containers on any canoe or kayak, above the waterline and almost un-noticeable except for the words "emergency rescue". Lightweight (1 lb.), inexpensive ($25 installed at the factory), sponsons are manufactured exactly like US Coast Guard approved CO2 gas-inflating PFDs, with back-up oral inflation. ACA Black also lied to the Attorney General of Florida only a few months previously, stating any kind of sponsons did not work.

3. Captain Evans, Office of Boating Safety, Federal Register/ Vol. 67, No. 232/ Tuesday, December 3, 2002/ Notices: Kayak/Canoe Sponson Study. Study conducted in conjunction with the CG Research and Development Center to study the efficacy of the use of sponsons in canoes and kayaks. ($26,171)

4. "Sponsons work well...Coast Guard evaluated mandated side flotation for these boats in the mid-seventies...to create a stable rescue platform." (Charlie Walbridge, "River Safety Report, American Canoe Association". "Canoe and Kayak Scam Kills 1000 Americans", p.135)

The Level Flotation Standard for small boats is nearly 3 decades old, to provide a rescue platform so people don't die in the water: US Coast Guard Boating Safety Circular 73* "Establishes level flotation standards on rowboats and outboard boats less than 20 feet in length, the boats most often involved in swamping and capsizing accidents, so that the boat will float level when swamped and provide a safe platform until rescue. 33 CFR 183. Issued April 18, 1977; Effective August 1, 1978." Only canoes and kayaks have a US Coast Guard Safety Exemption.

5. The USCG's National Boating Safety Advisory Council published their October 2002 minutes on the USCG Office of Boating Safety website, indicating that they would consider "removal of exemptions", that in fact permit canoes and kayaks to kill US citizens, by not having The Level Flotation Standard for small boats:

"Captain Evans then moved on to Ms. Moon’s concerns from the Professional Paddlesports Association on what they are doing to address the canoe and kayak fatalities. He said that the staff would contact the PPA to seek this information and have them address the Council at the next meeting if desired.
Chairman Muldoon said that they are very strongly considering requesting the removal of exemptions because of their lack of interest in the Council."

6. The first comment about the USCG Kayak/Canoe Sponson Study, at the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators' Boats and Associated Equipment Committee, (Check their website, click on this committee.)
"7. Review USCG study on supplemental flotation for non-powered craft... Snyder said none of these boats should sink. Boats under 20 feet with outboards must have level flotation why shouldn't paddlecraft?" Thank you Dick. This is a lifesaving voice in America.

For 10 years the US Coast Guard has foolishly and dishonestly not mandated PFD use for canoes and kayaks, while insisting that wearing PFDs would prevent almost all deaths (despite 35% of the dead wearing PFDs, 2002). The death rate is entirely dependent on one variable: Getting out of the Water! Only mandated PFD sponsons, as pointed out 2 years ago to Loy and Russell above, can do this.

No other government body has ever behaved like the USCG with such a death rate. Seat belts for cars were mandated successfully and Airliners have very strict mandatory safety standards, for a corresponding low death rate per exposure hours. Canoes and kayaks have the highest death rate per exposure hours in US history:

US Coast Guard report 071-01: "Canoes and kayaks have by far the highest fatality rates per million hours of exposure (.42) as any other boat type". This USCG figure may be far too low, considering the death statistics of the Ford/Firestone scandal, over a decade, with many more vehicles, many more use/hours daily, and only 200 deaths.

"A total of 105 canoeists and kayakers drowned in 1998. Canoes and kayaks have the highest fatality rate of all boat types at double the rate of personal watercraft and 4 times higher than open motorboats." (Before the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation of the U.S. House of Representatives, May 15, 2001, BOAT/U.S.)

Canoes and kayaks murder far more people now, as a percentage of all boating fatalities: 14.8% compared to ten years ago at 9.9%. (2003 International Boating and Water Safety Summit, p. 17.) This is no surprise when the US Coast Guard finances the most effective murder program in US history. Many times the annual US deaths due to serial killers! Canoe and kayaks are perfect to lure people into waters from which they have no escape (without emergency CO2 PFD sponsons.) Most USCG personnel have been convinced that canoes and kayaks have needed emergency rescue sponsons for ten years, since they saw the US Military Special Forces Kayakers' Study (10th Airborne, stationed at Fort Devens, near Boston, Massachusetts):

"basic, no nonsense...dramatically increase...safety and...capabilities... It should be noted that within the North American civilian sea kayak industry there is some controversy...Sea Wings' direct competition with...the paddle float...the merits of Sea Wings...far outweigh those of the paddlefloat...During the IMKP 1994 we used Sea Wings with all our rescue boats as back-up flotation/stability for awashed kayaks needing assistance pumping out in heavy seas. In addition, IMKP's rescue kayak was fitted with Sea Wings on a permanent basis which allowed us to be far more stable in possible rescue operations...Sea Wings dramatically increase re-entry operations with capsized boats. Indeed, even with heavily loaded boats (those approaching 1000 lbs.) most paddlers can easily re-enter the kayak. However the most notable advantage of Sea Wings is with lightly loaded boats; ie, those kayaks which are far less stable (more tippy) than fully loaded boats. Recovery operations are far more difficult in these boats and most students have extreme difficulty in mastering the necessary techniques. This is compounded in heavy seas. Sea Wings offers an almost guaranteed method of re-entering a lightly loaded kayak even in heavy seas. Stability increase in heavy seas. Paddling in extremely heavy seas is difficult. Sea Wings offer the crews an additional method of dealing with such sea states. One of the most dangerous situations a detachment can find itself in is that of towing a disabled crew with full operational loads in heavy seas at night. The employment of Sea Wings dramatically increases the safety margin. In my opinion, this is one of the sponsons' most important contributions to MAROPS. " Invitational Military Kayak Paddle 1994 Evaluation

Increasing Canoe and Kayak Murder Rate

RAdm. Hathaway, Adm. Loy and Mr. M.D. Russell, Chief of General Law, USCG, over 2 years ago left American people to die in the water in canoes and kayaks, despite letters to me from Mr. Russell indicating his ability to comprehend the consequences of this issue! Nearly 200 dead citizens since that time, (just count them on the BARD.)
The numbers of canoes and kayaks sold have steadily declined since 2001: 105,800 to 100,000 for canoes, 357,100 to 340,300 for kayaks. (National Marine Manufacturers Association website.) The ACA tells you they are hugely popular. This is a lie. They are in decline, as they complain: "Paddler", Mar./Apr., 2004, p.8 and Jan./Feb., 2004, p.8.

But despite this decline, there has been a marked increase of "sit-in recreational" kayaks" (41.2 % of all kayaks sold in 2001, 48.6 % of all kayaks in 2002.) This number, a 7.4 % increase, and 48.6 % of all 340,300 kayaks, is very significant for the USCG murdering partner, the American Canoe Association.

The ACA murder cult was created, funded, and maintained in every respect, by the US Coast Guard. Just look at the history of the USCG/ACA relationship. The American Canoe Association could not exist without continuing USCG support, especially "Safety Exemptions/Murder Licences", so they can use the huge death rate to extort money from the public for deadly lessons, that any reasonable person knows cannot get them out of the water. The American Canoe Association does not represent any US citizens in canoes and kayaks as you can see. A tenth percent of the user group, the ACA lobbies the USCG successfully to make canoes and kayaks as deadly as possible, to profit from deadly instruction:

"All national paddlesports organizations combined comprise just one percent of committed users and a tenth-percent of the total user group...To represent paddlers to regulatory agencies with legitimacy, an organization should represent at least 10 percent of the sport's committed users...The ACA is the paddlesport organization best placed ...to protect paddlers from paddlecraft registration, required education and mandated PFD use...protecting our sport from needless government regulation." (Paddler, Sept./Oct., 2003, p.84)

This is very simple, for the benefit of lawyers and juries: At every point in the evidence, the American Canoe Association (ACA) deliberately and with full intent, recklessly and with utter disregard for the value of human life, makes canoes and kayaks as deadly as possible. To sell fraudulent and deadly instruction to make money, and stroke a power-hungry ego through murder.

As I have told the USCG and the Attorney General of Virginia (home of the ACA and the Professional Paddlesports Association, PPA), a hundred times, these personalities are no different than any serial killers. They admit that they are not able to buy insurance from the US insurance industry. They pool their money in a kitty for the rare settlement out-of-court that few know about: $750,000 per dead American victim (paid to the father and husband in Pennsylvania recently after his wife and infant daughter were killed by canoe). Therefore most berieved families do not sue in court, as in the case of Ford/Firestone and car scandals. The ACA and PPA, at the same physical address inVirginia, mostly get away with murder, or pay very little per victim. Most of all, the families are lied to, think it is somehow their fault, or the fault of their loved one. The USCG participates in this cruel fraud against US taxpayers/victims.

USCG Canoe and Kayak Murder Instruction

The USCG funded the ACA's "Critical Judgment: Understanding and Preventing Canoe and Kayak Fatalities" (2003). See page 14 of this American-taxpayers/victims funded study: "...the risk of capsize is higher...all paddlers must know what to do in the event of an upset and be skilled in getting themselves and their gear to shore or back in the boat. Many kayaks and certain types of canoes can be rolled back to the upright position after a capsize while the operator is still in the craft. In decked boats such as touring or whitewater kayaks...rolling can allow the boater to continue paddling immediately. Learning and practicing self-rescue and recoveries are integral and important responsibilities of prudent paddlers."

The ACA tries to sell many other rescues that they consider less reliable than rolling in a deliberately murderous instruction scam. CO2 powered $25 PFD Sponsons require no instruction, just pull the cord like an inflatable PFD, to get out of the water alive, even pick up other victims in the water and paddle fully flooded to shore. 33 CFR 183. "...the boats most often involved in swamping and capsizing accidents, so that the boat will float level when swamped and provide a safe platform until rescue."

See National Marine Manufacturers Association website: 100,000 canoes and 340,300 kayaks sold in 2002. Do you want to try to roll any of these? The ACA cannot roll these! Whitewater canoes are very rare, almost non-existent. Of all kayaks sold, 5.2% are whitewater, 2.9% are touring. Only these types have cockpit fittings to permit rolling, if you are better than the World Champs in Greenland who need to be rescued by powerboat. (Sea Kayaker Magazine, Feb. 2001, p.41) Of course, after rolling once, the expert is merely in the same capsizing conditions again.

"A capsized paddler who Eskimo rolls is still in the same conditions that capsized him or her in the first place, and with each roll he or she will take on more water, lessening the kayak's stability." (Matt Broze, Deep Trouble, p.91)

" In this book I would like to emphasize rescue techniques other than the Eskimo roll because a backup technique is mandatory...given that relatively few sea kayakers will ever roll successfully and because workable alternative techniques are too often neglected...The great advantage of the Sea Wing (sponsons) is that it leaves the paddler in a more stable position than before the capsize." (John Dowd, Sea Kayaking, 3rd edition, 1997, pp.90-95)

Just a word about the 48.6% of all kayaks sold in 2002: cheap ($500), short (about 10 feet), fat, sit-in recreational kayaks. The ACA doesn't have any instruction for these since they have too large a cockpit for a sprayskirt, they can't be pumped out, and the instructors can't make any money on them. With inflatable sponsons, they make good rescue boats though. Some Coast Guards carry them with inflatable sponsons on Zodiacs, (See the US Military Study), since they can be paddled among the rocks fully flooded, attach the victims to front and rear decks and paddle back fully flooded to the poor Zodiac, that would have been wrecked on the rocks otherwise. These recreational kayaks that the ACA does not like because they are "too cheap" with $50 "automatic inflating sponsons", function like the paddle boards that lifeguards have used for decades to rescue drowning victims. Except that they are much more stable with the neutral buoyancy water ballast in the cockpit, they are much lower in the water to easily get the victims out of the water, and have much more powerful propulsion from a cheap and unbreakable 2 bladed kayak paddle. Admiral Loy knows all about this. So does M.D. Russell.

Hathaway, Loy and Russell have caused the people of Massachusetts great grief recently. See their Kayak Safety Amendment H-4456. Mary Jagoda and Sarah Aronoff were murdered. They would have died anyway if they capsized because they had no means of getting out of the water, like $50 CO2 sponsons on their recreational kayaks. (They would quickly have been affected by hypothermia, even kayakers in Florida don't last long enough in 70 degree water, before they can no longer hold their heads out of the water, weakened by hypothermia, wearing a PFD, and they drown.) No matter how much flotation inside a recreational kayak, they cannot be re-entered because the kayaks are too unstable full of water. And they cannot be pumped out because the cockpit is too large and sprayskirts can't prevent water coming in faster than it is pumped out. They cannot be rolled, but of course no canoe or kayak can be rolled reliably enough to save a life.

Just two deaths out of nearly 200 in just over 2 years since Admiral Loy, Mr. Russell, and Rear Admiral Hathaway at Homeland Security, decided to murder people. In Iraq we are looking at about 900 dead US soldiers in just over a year. This is a very big worry for the United States. The Iraq war is a big issue for everyone. But the 200 dead in canoes and kayaks, murdered by Homeland Security is a big number too. (After many, many clear warnings like this one you are reading, 200 dead in kayaks and canoes are a very big number too!) What does this say about Homeland Security and the values of America?

By the way, PFDs won't ever feel "comfortable" for most people on hot days. You will never see people strolling around waterfront parks wearing PFDs for comfort, in case they fall in. You will notice poles and life rings at rescue stations around a waterfront park. Most people who are rescued from the water, around the world, are not wearing a PFD. Most people do not sink immediately. But if they they were wearing a PFD, they would still die in the water if they did not get out soon! Think about about the dead canoe and kayak victims, about 1000 in ten years, who thought they would be safe enough wearing a PFD (according to the USCG foolish and dishonest policy), or the majority who thought they were safe enough in a canoe or kayak.

CO2 "automatic inflating" PFD sponsons not only save the 35% of the dead victims wearing PFDs, almost all of the 65% who are not wearing a PFD (and do not sink immediately but struggle on the surface for variable amounts of time, like almost all drowning victims), but also any other victims drowning in the water. For many years now, sponsons have made canoe and kayaks into very effective rescue craft, much better than a pole or thrown life ring, capable of reaching victims far from shore, getting them out of the water immediately, even more than one at a time, and bring them to shore fully flooded. Canoes and kayaks can be rescue craft, benefitting all of society, not just paddling victims. Why does the USCG and the ACA create the highest death rate in US history from canoes and kayaks instead?

In "Paddler", Sept./Oct., 2003,  the ACA's commercial magazine that helps them make money, there is a "Family Supplement" that is guaranteed to kill more children. See pages 72-78, regarding an 8 year old who "mastered the roll" in Massachusetts, although the World Champs in Greenland need a rescue boat close by.

Washington-based organizations such as the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the National Transportation Safety Board are appalled by the USCG. What if Airliners and cars had the same safety record for exposure hours as canoes and kayaks? They don't because they have mandated safety devices, like the CO2 PFD Sponsons and PFD wear that should be mandatory for canoes and kayaks. Pretty simple.

Ongoing USCG Milgram-type Psychology Experiments*

This book proves that the US Coast Guard is behaving identically to the subjects in the famous Milgram psychology experiments at Yale in the sixties. About 65% of the normal population of any country in the world will torture victims, even to possible death, with electric shocks, if asked. The Milgram experiments were important insights into human nature after the Holocaust left our society with many questions. Dr. Milgram pointed out in his book and a popular article in "Harpers" magazine, "The Perils of Obedience", that Adolph Eichmann was actually more of a clerk in the process than a sadistic monster. (And IBM just sold the calculators, apparently.) See Chapter 7: The Milgram Studies and Criminal Rescue Safety
(http://www.canoekayaksafety.com/chapterseven.html)

Since this issue of human nature is an everyday priority for those of us who think intelligently, I would also recommend Goldhagen's best-seller in Germany, "Hitler's Willing Executioners". This book plainly conludes that we all have lots of choice when it comes to hurting others. And many German people in Nazi Germany, who were at risk themselves of being sent to the camps for not complying with the Holocaust process, nevertheless refused to comply with hurting and killing others.

*RAdm. Hathaway, Adm. Loy and M.D. Russell, directing Homeland Security at the USCG are not monsters coldly killing nearly 200 innocent American victims, any more than Eichmann. They look normal and have normal families. But they support the literally cold-blooded (these are deaths due to hypothermia effects) murders of these victims, like any vicious killers. They apparently wish to please Homeland Security or someone, to risk exposing themselves to such uncomfortable public scrutiny. Apparently they have decided that leaving nearly 200 victims cruelly dying in the water, with no means of escape, is worth something. We do not know what that is. Only they can explain themselves. But I can tell you that almost all of the staff at the USCG do not normally behave this way. Most are extremely dedicated to human lifesaving. I have studied the personalities at the USCG intensively for over 4 years.

Milgram-type experiments have been banned for decades by all University ethics committees due to the potential psychological damage to subjects, who realize later that they freely tortured an innocent human victim just to obey instructions. The US Coast Guard does a very fine job looking after the public, with the exception of canoe and kayak victims, whom they murder. It is rather obvious in the documents that the Office of Boating Safety personnel, for example, have always tried "to do the right thing", while also under the constraint of obeying the Hathaway, Loy, Russell directives.

There is a much larger story here, but the gist is clear enough. The US Coast Guard needs this publicity for the good of society. This presents a legal, personal and ethical conundrum. I advise the persons above, and the USCG simply to be honest, and fix the canoe and kayak deaths now. This will not go away. I was born in Pennsylvania, not far from Admiral Loy. And I do intend to fully explore this huge murder issue that threatens the very values of the United States. This duplicity and deliberate killing of US citizens could happen anywhere, to any group, to any children, as the Milgram Yale psychology studies prove. Most of the US Coast Guard personnel want answers too! It is after all, a pretty obvious murder scam.

Incidentally, the American people should know that the ACA made only a very weak "libel" complaint to me, many years ago. They didn't want to go to court, or any public forum then. They are much more afraid now. I have told the USCG a hundred times that they do not want to partner with such a cowardly and murderous group.

The USCG needs to do What Chairman Muldoon threatened to do in the October, 2002 minutes of the National Boating Safety Advisory Council. Lift the Canoe and Kayak "Safety Exemptions", that exempt them from having a Level Flotation Standard Rescue Platform. (CO2 sponsons, that otherwise are almost un-noticed in tiny containers marked "emergency-rescue" and do not affect any canoe or kayak in any way, until an emergency. US Coast Guard Boating Safety Circular 73* "Establishes level flotation standards on rowboats and outboard boats less than 20 feet in length, the boats most often involved in swamping and capsizing accidents, so that the boat will float level when swamped and provide a safe platform until rescue. 33 CFR 183. Issued April 18, 1977; Effective August 1, 1978.")

The USCG has known about preventing these deaths for nearly 30 years. See the wording of The Level Flotation Standard. Thirty years of USCG commonsense, for the obviously most deadly and vulnerable boats in existence: canoes and kayaks. The USCG was scammed by the ACA then, and it has been negligent ever since.

Summary: 1) Apologize to the American people and Fix the death toll right away. It is very easy to murder people in canoes and kayaks. It is also very easy to save them with mandatory PFDs and built-in, $25 CO2 automatic inflating sponsons. These people can then rescue themselves or anyone else in the water, drowning away. Every canoe and kayak can be a rescue craft, without any instruction. Loy and Russell have seen the pictures of the 7 and 10 year old girls in the big white totally flooded canoe. 2) Explain yourselves. America needs decent citizens in Homeland Security, not cowards who permit the murder of innocent men, women, and children for money and ego. I believe that all 3 of you are capable of doing the right thing. The few instruction dollars made on dead American victims without sponsons sets another record low for US history. America needs to know the full story. 3) Don't try to hide. You cannot anyway. The US Coast Guard and Homeland Security fearfully hiding from me just makes the USCG and Homeland Security look more ridiculous and incapable of protecting American citizens from anything! Again, this is a matter of Homeland Security and the value of innocent American lives, the values of the country, to say the very least.

Tim Ingram, phone 705-549-3722

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Chapter 2: Canoe and Kayak Rescue Safety Scandal, Canadian Governmental Affairs
(http://www.canoekayaksafety.com/chaptertwo.html)