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'I was just delighted to help': Kite surfer rescues swimmer in difficulty in West Cork

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Re: 'I was just delighted to help': Kite surfer rescues swimmer in difficulty in West Cork

Postby RedSky » Tue Apr 27, 2021 4:23 am

Positive stories like these should be considered before closing down a site due to whatever reasons, safety concerns etc.

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Re: 'I was just delighted to help': Kite surfer rescues swimmer in difficulty in West Cork

Postby Toby » Tue Apr 27, 2021 5:14 am

great story!!!

Yes, several times people had been rescued by kiters...and how many have been killed?

Good argument to keep beaches open.

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Re: 'I was just delighted to help': Kite surfer rescues swimmer in difficulty in West Cork

Postby espana23 » Tue Apr 27, 2021 8:07 am

Great story indeed! In such a situation, which method do you guys think is the most effective to help someone while not putting yourself in danger?

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Re: 'I was just delighted to help': Kite surfer rescues swimmer in difficulty in West Cork

Postby andylc » Tue Apr 27, 2021 8:21 am

I was surprised he said he kept one hand on the woman and one on the kite - would think best approach is for them to hold onto the handle pass attachment on the back of the harness so you can concentrate on pulling them in with the kite.
Also very well equipped with a buoyancy device and a locator beacon!

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Re: 'I was just delighted to help': Kite surfer rescues swimmer in difficulty in West Cork

Postby leeuwen » Tue Apr 27, 2021 8:43 am

I think most of us know already but be very cautious when saving drowning people.
They will grab anything for leverage potentially pulling on your bar or, worse case, triggering your safety.
Talk to them before engaging talking about where they can take hold of you.
Best case you are on a (surf)board with volume which you can offer them from a distance even if they are in a frenzy.
Not sure if offering them a twintip will do them any good if they are in a state where they cannot be reasoned with.

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Re: 'I was just delighted to help': Kite surfer rescues swimmer in difficulty in West Cork

Postby Bille » Tue Apr 27, 2021 11:11 am

If I were on my TT , or directional, i would remove my pdf and toss it
to them, ; no way , would i get anywhere near a drowning person, with
my body, till they mellowed out, after grabbing the flotation i offered
them.

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Re: 'I was just delighted to help': Kite surfer rescues swimmer in difficulty in West Cork

Postby Onda » Tue Apr 27, 2021 11:36 am

Very good advice, Bille.
Otherwise you´d risk to get "hugged to drown" by the panicing person... Very common issue when rescuing drowning persons.

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Re: 'I was just delighted to help': Kite surfer rescues swimmer in difficulty in West Cork

Postby andylc » Tue Apr 27, 2021 12:31 pm

So what percentage of us wear a PFD? I don’t I must admit, nor an impact vest or helmet. Discuss.

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Re: 'I was just delighted to help': Kite surfer rescues swimmer in difficulty in West Cork

Postby Havre » Tue Apr 27, 2021 12:37 pm

Not sure if it is possible to give general advice in such a situation. If the person is flapping around like crazy you might just do more harm than good getting too close. If you can calmly communicate with the person I don't see any problem getting in close as long as you are fairly skilled. Not sure what I would do. Probably drop my board and ask the person to hang on to my harness/leash. Body drag back.

My leash snapped once leaving me in the middle of nowhere without a kite. It was a lot easier to swim back with the board than without one - or at least a lot more comfortable. So giving someone your board (even a TT) would help in my opinion.

I can't see it being mentioned but I really hope the kiter got a fine for breaking Covid-19 protocol. Keep your distance is the most important thing.


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