Avoiding Near-Death Experiences When Kayaking

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If you have ever dreamed of kayaking to the edge of the ocean, you’ve probably read stories of kayakers who experienced a near-death experience. You may have also heard about Dr. Elli Thor’s kayaking accident and Dr. Richard Honrath’s near-death experience. These cases are all fascinating stories, but they are also quite real. Fortunately, there are ways to avoid experiencing such a traumatic event.

Mary Neal’s near-death experience

Doctor Mary Neal went kayaking in Chile in 1999 when she became pinned in a waterfall. She says that her kayak went through eight to ten feet of water before she was pulled out by the river’s current. She recalls feeling a spirit rise out of the water and being greeted by a group of beings. She claims that the incident taught her to trust God.

After going without oxygen for nearly 30 minutes, Neal’s body began to thaw. She regained consciousness and told Elrod that she had gone to heaven. She said the spirits were happy to see her and had welcomed her back. She described her visit to heaven as like returning home. There is no earthly equivalent to heaven, she said, and the beauty there was intense.

Dr. Richard Honrath’s near-death experience

In April 2006, Dr. Richard Honrath, Jr., professor of civil and environmental engineering at Michigan Tech, died in a kayaking accident. He was the second Michigan Tech professor to die this year. The accident caused the man’s kayak to separate from him, trapping him under a tree in the swift current. While the kayaking accident was tragic, it is important to remember that there are many dangers to be aware of when kayaking.

Dr. Tammy Paczewski’s kayaking accident

A kayaking accident in the mountains of West Virginia in June 2008 killed a Michigan Tech doctor. Tammy Paczewski was one of three people in the group. The kayaking accident happened at Pillow Rock Rapids, located three miles downstream from the Summersville Dam. During a rough stretch, she was thrown from her kayak. She floated about 70 yards downstream before becoming pinned beneath a large rock. Her body temperature dropped to 85 degrees.