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Another Boater drowns one year later on Stafford Pond, Tiverton RI

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that is horrible to hear. im heading out alone this morning (not sure where to yet) in the canoe and it really makes you think.

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I have seen two boats capsize this year.  One in May, the other two weeks ago.

Both were 12 foot aluminum boats, typical of the round chimed aluminum boats that are common to ponds and lakes.

In both cases it was because someone stood up close to the side of the boat.

The second had two gentlemen in it, one middle aged, the other a senior.  The older fellow was sitting on a milk crate placed on the seat, raising the center of gravity.

It's common to see two fishermen standing in these small craft.  A dangerous practice because they are only slightly more stable than a canoe.

With practice, it is possible to stand in a canoe or a kayak, but I don't recommend it.  All it takes is one brief misstep or slip which is followed by a splash.

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thats sad to hear.  a day that was supposed to be fun turns so tragic.

I fish in a 12' rowboat that is 56" wide and is very stable  for 2 adults to stand in and fish.  I think the problem would  be falling overboard complicated by being knocked out or not being able to swim.

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