Inland winds aren't extremely gusty in the Netherlands. People go there so they don't have to drive more than 2 hours for instance, and because they're familiar with the spot.edt wrote:that's a weird place to kite. It must be gusty from every direction. I can't imagine why you would go there but there must be good reasons for people going there even when you have all of that Atlantic coast to choose from.
Faxie wrote:Just some extra details to clear things up:
Red dot marks the spot, smaller dot southwest marks the spot where the kiter was found.
There's a windmeter in the water over there, and it was measuring 16-20 knots all day, gusting no more than 24 knots. Around 19:00 the wind dropped to around 12 knots.
More importantly, wind was between 65-90 degrees during the day. Starting around 70, in the afternoon mostly 90 and in the evening 65. I marked the direction in the pictures... there are no big currents at that spot.
There were around 20-30 guys on the water that day. The spot southwest where the body was found, is a kitesurfing spot as well, with sideshore wind that day....
Last thing I heard, but not officially confirmed yet, was that he had a heartfaillure...
It depends where you are ... there are very few places and circumstances I would prefer a long swim to staying with the kite.plummet wrote: Yeah but of your being dragged offshore by your kite would you
a) stay hooked in and hope for rescue. you could be 30 miles out to sea before anyone knows your missing.
B) ditch the kite and attempt to swim in?
Which chance has the greatest success? I think i would roll with swim in rather than wait for a rescue that might never happen.
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