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Re: 2 people dead after kite accident in Tarifa

Postby Bille » Mon May 09, 2016 7:58 am

edt wrote:
alamos_kiter wrote:they said no, they didn't want to let go of their kites not to lose them
that's a shitty way to go. My condolences to the family and friends.
I agree ; but i've done some really stupid stuff in my life , and nothing but
luck to pull me through. "WE" got to think things through , sometimes !! :(

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Re: 2 people dead after kite accident in Tarifa

Postby Toby » Mon May 09, 2016 9:07 am

What a crazy story!
Thx for the info.

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Re: 2 people dead after kite accident in Tarifa

Postby Gone Kiting Tarifa » Mon May 09, 2016 11:09 am

They were not very experienced kitesurfers, at least one of them that I knew she wasn't. It was a stupid accident that it happened within seconds, no one could possibly thought that it is possible to loose the life like that.

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Re: 2 people dead after kite accident in Tarifa

Postby SuperMorriso » Mon May 09, 2016 11:11 am

Such sad news - Tarifa is in shock :(

One of the victim's friends is calling for the kitesurfing community to lobby for better safety and wants her appeal to be shared:
https://www.facebook.com/akondera/posts ... 7542419883

Please sign this petition to appeal for better safety measures :
https://www.change.org/p/ayuntamiento-d ... igned=true

My thoughts and condolences to everyone concerned :(

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Re: 2 people dead after kite accident in Tarifa

Postby el_guestos » Mon May 09, 2016 12:49 pm

I don't think it's that they we're unwilling to punch out, they did and were so tangled in the lines it didn't help them.

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Re: 2 people dead after kite accident in Tarifa

Postby Peert » Mon May 09, 2016 1:27 pm

alamos_kiter wrote:Tragic story, I got this message from our kite group, from a guy who was there: they were kiting in el charco, the lagoon of rio Jara. The wind had dropped completely, they landed their kites and were going back to the parking, passing the exit of rio Jara, carrying their kites, bar and lines in their hands. Due to the very high tide in the lagoon and rio Jara, caused by lots of rain, the current at the exit of rio Jara washing out to sea was super strong. Normally it's plenty strong, with the rain it was super strong. When they attempted to cross the exit they were swept into the sea, where there were 2m shore break. The kites and lines which they held in their hands got tangled around them. People shouted at them to let go of the kites and cut the lines, but they said no, they didn't want to let go of their kites not to lose them. They got tumbled in the shore break with their kites and lines tangled around them, and drowned.

Another message: kiting was forbidden in rio Jara already but not enforced; now the local police will enforce the ban of rio Jara and the lagoon. Keep clear.

Kite safe

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Very sorry to read this. Rest in piece. Condolances to the family and friends.

If this is all true (and I have no reason to believe it is not true) I would not call this a "kitesurfing accident" as it has mostly to do with misjudgement of nature's forces while trying to cross a river and not with kitesurfing in itself...

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Re: 2 people dead after kite accident in Tarifa

Postby LetsFlyaKite » Mon May 09, 2016 1:41 pm

Wow this is very sad.
SuperMorriso wrote:Please sign this petition to appeal for better safety measures :
https://www.change.org/p/ayuntamiento-d ... igned=true

And I'm not signing shit. This was not a kitesurfing accident, nor do we need kitesurfing being governed or controlled by anyone.

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Re: 2 people dead after kite accident in Tarifa

Postby TheRussian » Mon May 09, 2016 2:01 pm

very sad - RIP.

The outlet can be very strong, so much so that I have seen it produce a stopper wave & people boogie board on it. I have seen lots of people cross the outlet with different degrees of success. The effect of the outlet is sometimes noticeable on the sea when kiting close in - dumpy waves/undertow.

Agree with the above, this was a beach tragedy, arguably made worse by what the poor souls were carrying (kite lines)

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Re: 2 people dead after kite accident in Tarifa

Postby alamos_kiter » Mon May 09, 2016 2:13 pm

Tarifa kite community is trying to get the response time down. I hear it took the ambulance half an hour to get there after 112 was called by several persons.

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Re: 2 people dead after kite accident in Tarifa

Postby SuperMorriso » Mon May 09, 2016 2:23 pm

I also agree that it's a beach tragedy, but surely the town could use some of the fees and revenue it receives to keep hundreds of kiters (who provide a great deal of revenue) safe in 'off season' (Tarifa still charges the schools in off season) and not just for sunbathers in peak season? Or just look at it as people (not just kiters) still use the beach out of the summer months so warrant a degree of safety cover.

It will be tough to juggle and put the community at risk of regulation, but if in need it would be better to not just have other kiters to rely on if anyone gets in trouble!


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