It had been a long day at the engineering firm where Trent Theroux is director of finance. When he finally arrived at his home on Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay on Sept. 23, 2002, he helped get his two kids in bed and then, around 9 p.m., walked down to the beach with his beloved banana-yellow kayak.
He stuck close to the shoreline and after 30 minutes of peaceful paddling, turned and headed back. “There was a full moon, it was as bright as a bell,” said Theroux, a boyish-looking man of 44. “I could see all the land shapes around me.”
Then he heard the engine. And what happened next nearly killed him.
On Sept. 8, as the 10th anniversary of the accident approaches, Theroux will take to those same waters to try to backstroke his way 13 miles and about seven hours from Point Judith to Block Island.