Pixel Tracker

Tuesday, December 18 , 2018, 8:14 pm | Fair 52º


Captain’s Log: Tragic Accident While Target Shooting Took My Grandson

I lost my grandson Kaiden Vague to a tragic and fatal accident while target/practice shooting up at the “Glass Factory,” a popular target-shooting spot up on the mountain above the Santa Barbara area. The family mourns, I mourn and the sporting community mourns.

His Dad had Kaiden and his brother John out doing some training and practicing when an accident happened faster than a good Dad could intervene.

Kaiden Vague Click to view larger
Kaiden Vague

It wasn’t the fault of his Dad because there was good training going on. It wasn’t the gun’s fault because a gun is incapable of hurting someone ... it takes an operator. The ammo was fine. It was a too-fast-to-stop accident.

I’m one to analyze and sometimes overthink things yet as I ponder what went wrong for Kaiden, I know that it was a quick and fatal mistake. Fortunately, it was instantaneous so Kaiden did not suffer prolonged pain.

The family, however, has prolonged grief to work through. One thing that helps emotionally is that Kaiden’s parents donated his organs so that other kids may live and their parents don’t have to suffer the loss of their children.

So the good feeling is that Kaiden will be hither and yon in the way of good healthy organs keeping organ-recipient kids alive wherever they may be.

Here is the saddest part. He was born on his Mom’s birthday, so they shared a birthday for 16 years. He was declared deceased on his and his Mom’s birthday.

Thanks for letting me borrow your shoulder. I’m a sad Grandad right now, but leading my family through the grieving process.

We will remember and cherish his bright, happy spirit, big smile and quick laugh.

Kaiden’s friends have started a GoFundMe page to help with medical, service and related expenses. Should you care to help the link is:

— Capt. David Bacon operates WaveWalker Charters and is president of SOFTIN Inc., a nonprofit organization providing seafaring opportunities for those in need. Visit softininc.blogspot.com to learn more about the organization and how you can help. Click here to read previous columns. The opinions expressed are his own.

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made using a credit card, Apple Pay or Google Pay, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments and a mailing address for checks.

Thank you for your vital support.

Become a Noozhawk Supporter

First name
Last name
Select your monthly membership
Or choose an annual membership

Payment Information

Membership Subscription

You are enrolling in . Thank you for joining the Hawks Club.

Payment Method

Pay by Credit Card:

Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover
One click only, please!

Pay with Apple Pay or Google Pay:

Noozhawk partners with Stripe to provide secure invoicing and payments processing.
You may cancel your membership at any time by sending an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click Here to Get Started >

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.