Contact   Imprint   Advertising   Guidelines

Death in Brazil - PB - R.I.P

forum for kitesurfers


AlexandreBorges
Frequent Poster
Posts: 286
Joined: Tue Feb 02, 2010 1:44 am
Kiting since: 2009
Local Beach: Jericoacoara (CE) and São Luís (MA)
Favorite Beaches: Jericoacoara (CE) and São Luís (MA)
Style: Freestyle
Gear: Cabrinha Crossbow 2010
Brand Affiliation: None

Death in Brazil - PB - R.I.P

Postby AlexandreBorges » Mon Jan 14, 2013 6:48 pm

Dead due to sudden strong winds, shallow waters and inability to release from attachment point:
http://g1.globo.com/pb/paraiba/jpb-2edi ... a/2342719/

tony montana
Frequent Poster
Posts: 334
Joined: Tue Oct 18, 2011 3:58 am
Kiting since: 2006
Local Beach: naples fl
Favorite Beaches: naples fl
Style: waverider
Gear: north
Brand Affiliation: north nash cabrina any kite with a safety system that works i mean works

Re: Death in Brazil - PB - R.I.P

Postby tony montana » Mon Jan 14, 2013 7:27 pm

Please post if anybody has details of this tragic accident,RIP ,TONY

AlexandreBorges
Frequent Poster
Posts: 286
Joined: Tue Feb 02, 2010 1:44 am
Kiting since: 2009
Local Beach: Jericoacoara (CE) and São Luís (MA)
Favorite Beaches: Jericoacoara (CE) and São Luís (MA)
Style: Freestyle
Gear: Cabrinha Crossbow 2010
Brand Affiliation: None

Re: Death in Brazil - PB - R.I.P

Postby AlexandreBorges » Mon Jan 14, 2013 7:57 pm

It says he was sailing under cloudy/light rain situation when a strong gust launched him from water to the beach. He tried to get free (let go) of the equipment, but could not due to a second wind blow which launched him, head on the sand beach.
He was 55, Félix Humberto Pessoa Belmont, a militar (Coronel) doctor (anesthesiologist). Family said he was experienced, sailing for about 5 years. Rescue came and tried to save his life, but it seems an inner bleeding lead him to heart failure.
There is no more detail about his kitesurf equipment.

User avatar
Toby
Very Frequent Poster
Posts: 33048
Joined: Mon Sep 24, 2001 1:00 am
Kiting since: 2000
Local Beach: Cumbuco, Brazil
Barra do Cauipe, Brazil
Style: Airstyle
Gear: Rebel 2015 18
Brand Affiliation: None.
Location: World (KF Admin)
Contact:

Re: Death in Brazil - PB - R.I.P

Postby Toby » Mon Jan 14, 2013 10:56 pm

sorry to hear this. My condolences to family and friends.

Yesterday we also had a rain front coming thru in Cumbuco. Some people got into trouble in the lagoons, but all worked out.
Still, it is nature and you should be aware of it...a dark cloud arrives, it means there can be strong gusts, enough to kill you.
Be aware of the sky!

RIP

sarc
Very Frequent Poster
Posts: 939
Joined: Sun Jun 11, 2006 4:01 am

Re: Death in Brazil - PB - R.I.P

Postby sarc » Tue Jan 15, 2013 2:48 am

I'd be interested to know what control bar / release method he was using? Any idea why it failed? Should work even in sketchy/unexpected/sudden situation.


(knowledge is power...)

tony montana
Frequent Poster
Posts: 334
Joined: Tue Oct 18, 2011 3:58 am
Kiting since: 2006
Local Beach: naples fl
Favorite Beaches: naples fl
Style: waverider
Gear: north
Brand Affiliation: north nash cabrina any kite with a safety system that works i mean works

Re: Death in Brazil - PB - R.I.P

Postby tony montana » Tue Jan 15, 2013 1:37 pm

sarc wrote:I'd be interested to know what control bar / release method he was using? Any idea why it failed? Should work even in sketchy/unexpected/sudden situation.


(knowledge is power...)

Exactly any dodgy qr evebody should know , and there still some out there,TONY

Ozzie
Rare Poster
Posts: 47
Joined: Wed Jan 02, 2013 2:24 pm
Kiting since: 2012
Local Beach: Pranburi, Thailand
Favorite Beaches: Alaçatı
Bozcaada
Pranburi
Hua Hin
Style: Freeride
Gear: Cabrinha Switchblade 10, 12, 14
Cabrinha Spectrum
Brand Affiliation: None
Location: Bangkok THAILAND

Re: Death in Brazil - PB - R.I.P

Postby Ozzie » Tue Jan 15, 2013 2:01 pm

God gives his family patience...

User avatar
polarstorm
Medium Poster
Posts: 99
Joined: Tue Jul 14, 2009 2:40 am
Kiting since: 0
Local Beach: Sauble, Santa Rita, Valmitao
Favorite Beaches: Santa Rita, Valmitao
Style: Freestyle
Gear: Cabrinha (little goat)
Brand Affiliation: None

Re: Death in Brazil - PB - R.I.P

Postby polarstorm » Tue Jan 15, 2013 4:41 pm

tony montana wrote:Please post if anybody has details of this tragic accident,RIP ,TONY


The report doesn't say that it was the strong wind that killed him. it says that what got him is when he landed on his head from a 2nd yank while he was probably distracted trying to release himself from the 1st time he landed on the beach (kid says he was jumping and landed on the low tide/beach and that's where he tried to release himself).

Laymen/bystanders saying it was a 'strong wind', that doesn't tell you much..

A helmet would've avoided this situation. Sad to hear, condolences to the family.

User avatar
RickI
Very Frequent Poster
Posts: 8671
Joined: Mon Feb 11, 2002 1:00 am
Kiting since: 1998
Local Beach: SE Florida
Gear: Cabrinha
Brand Affiliation: Cabrinha
Location: Florida

Re: Death in Brazil - PB - R.I.P

Postby RickI » Tue Jan 15, 2013 6:46 pm

My condolences go to his family and friends on his accident. It would be good to try to learn from his loss if we can.

There is a lot in the Brazilian media about this accident in Portuguese. http://bit.ly/RY7nGt Looking at translated accounts they seem to largely repeat the same information most of which has already been posted here. My lack of understanding of Portuguese isn't helping in this review in picking up more subtle points.

Is there any additional information in the local Brazilian kiting forums? What local weather information I could find was not particularly remarkable but it was for an inland airport and in another case Recife well to the south. There was a large high offshore to the ESE but I didn't recongize a frontal boundary or squall line in the synoptic map. Does anyone have any insight on actual weather (wind, gusts, squalls if any) at Cabedelo at the time of the accident? I could really use some help from Portuguese speakers with local insight on this. Thank you.

Over all the years kiting has been around, many have reacted too slowly, if at all or things otherwise didn't go well in high wind emergencies. Today's kites work far better in this regard but there are still human reaction and adequate timely response to be considered. Best solution, stay out of excessively gusty wind. Still not sure what winds and weather were present during this accident however.

plummet
Very Frequent Poster
Posts: 4364
Joined: Sat Aug 29, 2009 11:25 pm
Kiting since: 33
Local Beach: God created the naki so the hardcore people would have a place to live.
Favorite Beaches: Shhhhhhhhhhhhh...........
Style: Always searching for flow!
Gear: If you take 3.1415 from opinion. You get onion!
Brand Affiliation: What do yo call an Alligator in a vest? ............... An Investigator.

Re: Death in Brazil - PB - R.I.P

Postby plummet » Tue Jan 15, 2013 7:47 pm

I think its easy for people to say "why not depower the safety". But situations like this can move very quickly. imagine a lofting. followed by a slam into the ground. you wait to deploy the safety apon landing but it gets smashed out of your hand... the next lofting your upside down and backwards and dissorientated...

I'm not saying that is what happened. just saying events out side your control can stop you from deploying a safety.

I recall the lofting i got 7 years ago landboarding. I held composure. glided though the air. came in to land and deploy the safety. But i smashed into a fence just before landing.I was still flying the kite. then distracted by getting tired up in the fence the kite lines wound around a fence post and snapped the post like a carrot driving the post into my head. Luckly the kite was also driven into the ground and didn't relaunch. Wearing a helmet saved my life that day. I will not go kiting with out one on.


Return to “Kitesurfing”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 23 guests