I thought water ways were public access points in this country? Am I mistaken? The article mentions that to be in that river was trespassing, but I was under the impression that travel on water ways was a public right...Please inform.
Here in Texas, if it is considered a navigable waterway it's public even if you can't access it from land due to private property. This is why we're able to fish docks at night in private subdivisions. There's some discussion on another board if this place is a navigable waterway, looks like it might be.
Based on the location of this event, and this is pure speculation on my part, but I can't help but wonder if the kayakers had run across some drug dealers who assumed they were getting a little too close for their comfort.