Mud Mucks Up Kayaking Trip For Two

Low tide, mud, hamper kayakers efforts to return from trip.


A late day kayaking trip ended with two men stuck in the mud of the Nissequogue River.

Police said they received a call about 11 p.m. Sunday from the mother of one of the men who was concerned when the two had not yet returned from the trip, which began at about 5:30 p.m. in Smithtown. The two were paddling north to the bluff in Kings Park.

A friend who was supposed to pick up the pair from the bluff didn’t show and the men, who police only identified as being 25-years-old, decided to paddle back, but low tide and some mud felled their efforts.

Kings Park Fire Department, along with eight other surrounding departments including Commack,  Smithtown, St. James, Nissequogue and others were on the scene to aid in the rescue.

According to Kings Park Fire Chief Mark O'Brien, the pair was eventually found by the Nissequogue Fire Department as they were driving a truck along River Road and got them out of the mud and up onto land so that they could walk up the road.

And the friend who didn't show? We're guessing his name is mud.

This is an updated version of the story. Patch originally reported that Nesconset Fire Department had rescued the men.


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John from Kings Park July 10, 2012 at 03:32 AM
That actually makes a little more sense. From how the story read, it sounded like they paddled upriver all the way into Smithtown. I'm trying to figure out what "dock" they originally launched from...
Jennifer Sloat July 10, 2012 at 05:29 PM
Hi everyone. The story has been updated with additional information.
John K. Massaro July 10, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Excellent! Thanx for the update. This story was confusing the heck outta me! I know the Nissequogue pretty well but just couldn't put it together...
crzykids July 11, 2012 at 07:25 AM
We got stuck in the mud on san remo side when we were kids ten years ago, someone had the idea after boozing to launch the bass boat at smithtown bull, it was pitch black and we were stuck in some hardcore quicksand for hours, all 3 of us with paddles pushing ourselfs out, two hours later we break free we see a mans private small doc near rivera and tied the boat up and walked threw his yard, ofcourse it lite up like daytime from crazy sensor lights, on our way up the block to get cell service for a taxi a cop flew buy with his lights on, we just happen to be behind a tree lol.. the guy got a free bass boat cause we sure as anything weren't goin to knock on his door, wonder if he will read this, I want my boat back haha jk
crzykids July 11, 2012 at 07:43 AM
Forget to mention it was dead low tide, it was either the left or the righe with open deep water, ofcourse we picked the san remo side to the left.


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