Yesterday I did my good deed. As I was paddling along, I thought I spied a boat on a distant beach and nobody around. As I got closer it was apparent that the boat–a canoe–was indeed not being attended to and it was not tied up. It was just sitting there on a very low lying sandy beach. The tide was coming in very quickly and within a very few minutes the boat was about to float away. I called 911 to notify authorities what I had found and to see if there was a report of a missing canoe. While I was on the phone and giving the exact location, I had to move the boat a couple of times to keep it from floating away. Then around the point, here comes a couple of people walking along the beach. This was on an uninhabited island, so it had to be the canoe owners. I was still on the phone, so I told the lady on the other end that I would call them back if the couple did turn out to be the owners.
The couple were the owners and they did thank me for rescuing their canoe, but I couldn’t help wondering how naive they had been to leave their canoe–full of their stuff–and just casually had set out to explore the island, which is about a mile long and heavily forested. The beach they parked their canoe on was very flat and could only have been a few inches above the water–even when they left the canoe there. Later I thought how lucky it was for them that a ship, or large power vessel had not gone by and washed their canoe away with its wake. Maybe someone does watch over drunks and fools. Not saying these folks were either, but someone was looking out for them.