An aerial view of John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK) on April 15, 2011 in the Jamaica neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Credit: Reuters
Two kayakers who got in over their heads in the waters off New York have put authorities at John F. Kennedy Airport on the defensive after flipping their boat and accidentally finding themselves in a restricted area of the airport. The kayakers, Jordan Crooms and Anthony Giglio, both 21, had set out for a Saturday night excursion on Jamaica Bay but flipped over and lost two of their paddles. They made their way with their single remaining paddle for the closest land - an airport runway, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said. Workers for the Port Authority, which runs the facility, saw them and called airport police, who issued them summonses for trespassing before releasing them. Crooms and Giglio could not be reached for immediate comment. Randall Henricksen, owner of New York Kayak Company, a guide service, said that while the pair should have been better equipped and immediately radioed authorities for help, their instinct was sound. "If your life is in danger, get to land," he said.