Commercial boat captain troubled by kayak proliferation

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Shoreline water taxi captain Marcus Carson can rattle off stories about the close calls he's seen on the Chicago River. He tells of kayakers who didn't follow basic maritime rules, who disregarded horn signals or paddled too close to the choppy wake left by large boats like the one he pilots.

"It's an accident waiting to happen," Carson said of the confluence of kayakers and much larger boats on the busy urban waterway. "It's like riding a moped on the Stevenson Expressway."

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