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[–]FormosaOolong 2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 1 fun -  (1 child)

These are great points. The article said though that "a kayak with a hole in the hull" was found. Do you think a vessel large enough not to see him would just make a hole, rather than rend the thing into pieces? (Actually asking, not doing snark.)

[–]Ian 4 insightful - 1 fun4 insightful - 0 fun5 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

After examining the image of the actual kayak (https://gfx.nrk.no/0YYIciOiuCrv_TPKW-N76wDUvrHDRL-5xpLrwN_0YNzw.jpg) we can see that it's a foldable kayak with an opening at what appears to be the back end.

I'd say that's consistent with someone paddling away from something that bumped his kayak so hard the fasteners split right open, filling it with water in less that a second.

But even if that's what happened that doesn't say anything about intent...