They were lucky.
There are inflatable and there are inflatables…In this case, the problem seems to be more of lack of awareness about the big lake dangers than the type of boat.
I paddled Lake Michigan for a couple of years using an inflatable at SW Michigan. The weather can turn quickly no matter the type of kayak.
I’m glad they were found safe.
Most definitely type of boat in this case. And yes, weather on the Great Lakes can turn quickly. But you have better boat control in a sea kayak.
They were paddling Intex inflatables, which sell for $90. And they were not wearing life jackets per the USCG.
Siblings, their parents must have been frantic.
Inexperience is not a good idea on the Great Lakes… these kids would have been in trouble on any major body of water in any kind of craft. They are damned lucky someone found them, and frankly being in inflatables plus summer is the only reason the CG recovered chilled young people rather than bodies.
If they were several miles offshore they got blown there. The inflatables made that easier but they would have been out of control in anything.
More recent events of someone getting blown offshore, like the Kennedy relatives in a canoe a couple of months ago, ended up with more tragic results. Or the two young women several years ago off of Cape Cod who were carried out by the Monomoy islands in Swifties. Evidence they found indicates they capsized somewhere near the southern end where the current can be a hoot if you know what you are doing. But it can be fast enough to scare a newbie.
Don’t know what can be done to get in front of foolish choices…