We received quite a story in this morning's email - with pictures. It was from Sarah Boynton, an experienced kayaker who has owned her Innova Swing for just a month. It read:
You may have seen the news stories across the nation since Saturday. I had an incident with a gator.
I wanted to thank you because as far as I’m concerned, being in an inflatable saved me from potential injury. I think if a gator had hit a hard shell kayak with as much force as it hit my Swing, I would have been tipped into water.
As it was, the other 2 air chambers stayed completely inflated and after the darn gator was done chewing and spinning around with its mouth full of deflated rubber, I was able to paddle quite a distance away and call for help.
Will miss my little yak, was fun for the month that I had it!
Thank you again.
We think you'll be happy to know...
In cooperation with Adventure Times Kayaks, the retailer where Sarah purchased her Innova Swing, we will be replacing the partially eaten boat (despite the fact that attacks by carnivorous predators are not covered by our warranty).
Yep...that's the bite!
Those are some powerful alligator jaws.
And Sarah is happy to be alive.