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Fatality in Delaware today

Postby ThickAir » Sat Oct 05, 2019 12:27 am

https://www.capegazette.com/article/man ... ach/190090

No idea what happened. I was kiting today about 5 miles away. Fairly windy - 8m/9m weather. Blowing high 20s - low 30s. Warm air and water. Spot is popular with novice riders. Shallow bay with water you can stand up in for couple hundred yards out. Sounds like he was just body dragging. His dad watched it happen - so sad.

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Re: Fatality in Delaware today

Postby Toby » Sat Oct 05, 2019 1:35 am

Sad to hear this. My condolences.

Sounds really strange. I hope we get details from any eyewitness to understand what happened.

RIP

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Re: Fatality in Delaware today

Postby RickI » Sat Oct 05, 2019 3:20 am

It is a terrible thing, I wish his father, family and friends strength.

The bay shoreline around Towers Beach seems to run SSE. The wind record showed pretty gusty conditions near the reported time of the accident around 12:43 pm. Plus the wind seemed out of the NNW and then shifted to N which would slightly be side off and gusted up to 35 mph or so. This was from a wind meter just to the north at Dewey Beach. It might have just pulled him to deepwater as reported and to exhaustion particularly if he had a larger kite? The couple hundred yard shallow water margin lessens the risk but perhaps not enough. Do many people teach in that area of Rehoboth Bay? Does anyone have more specifics in this sad accident? Thanks.
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ThickAir wrote:
Sat Oct 05, 2019 12:27 am
https://www.capegazette.com/article/man ... ach/190090

No idea what happened. I was kiting today about 5 miles away. Fairly windy - 8m/9m weather. Blowing high 20s - low 30s. Warm air and water. Spot is popular with novice riders. Shallow bay with water you can stand up in for couple hundred yards out. Sounds like he was just body dragging. His dad watched it happen - so sad.

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Re: Fatality in Delaware today

Postby Flyboy » Sat Oct 05, 2019 4:45 am

Obviously, don't know the details at this point ... but if he was a beginner he shouldn't have been body dragging in winds that were gusting to 35 mph. :cry:

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Re: Fatality in Delaware today

Postby matth » Sat Oct 05, 2019 12:35 pm

So sad, RIP. I was glad to hear this was not a child, apparently it a 48 year old man(still very sad obviously).


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