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Postby Guest » Sun Jun 09, 2002 4:58 pm

I read in one posting, that the guy, who had to let go of his bar, was called with a very hurting word.
Please be very careful with your words.
It has not been reported that the guy who was doing a trick or handle pass ignoring someone in downwind and then missed it and had to let go. As to my information Silkes kite flew into his kite as he was standing at the beach and then it got tangeled and in a reflex he let the bar go.

It doesn't chance the situation that Silke is dead and no safety leash by him and no quick release by her has been used.


the word has been removed in all postings since it was mentioned on wrong assumptions and doesn't help anyone, neither Silke nor the rider who has to live with this.
I'm wishing him to be able to go on with his life as he did before!

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Postby Juergen » Sun Jun 09, 2002 6:03 pm

Toby, the fact that he was out without a safety leash caused Silkes death.
Call it what you want.

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Postby Guest » Sun Jun 09, 2002 7:40 pm

I totally agree with Toby,it is absolutely ridiculous to call the poor guy that way,he is probally allready having a very bad WAS an accident.

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Postby Guest » Sun Jun 09, 2002 7:59 pm

"Call it what you want"

Jürgen halt bloß deine Klappe

trust me he has a bad enough time now...

choose your words carefully

I'm sure Silke wouldn't have called him that way

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Postby Guest » Sun Jun 09, 2002 9:03 pm

He can only be if his intention was to kill her. It was an accident. If you are not sure what the term accident means, you can look it up in the dictionary.

I do not blame this guy and wish for him to continue kiting. As for the person who posted that comment - I am sure you would have thought very different if you were in his shoes.

I have seen guys running into others lines quite a few times, and a safety leash would not prevent the accident from happening, only a complete disconnection from your kite will. If someone else gets his kite tangled into yours, the best thing to do is to let go of your kite.

I do not know a lot about the accident, but by the likes of it, it sounds that the guy is pretty innocent. SILKE had the option to fit a quick release to her bar. She chose not to. I don't think anyone is wrong here. If anything, people were unfortunate and maybe neglegant, due to a lack of attention to something simple like a quick release. Has anyone thought about that? Stop blaming the companies selling kites, the organizers, and other people involved in the accident. If you buy a gun and the gun accidently goes off, who are you going to blame? The company who made the gun, the guy who sold you the gun? I think not. Everyone is responsible for their own actions, and it is sad that someone had to die for negligance.


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Postby Guest » Sun Jun 09, 2002 9:12 pm

To me it is no difference if the guy was on shore or on the water.

If he used a kite leash the kite would have depowered with an other outcome.
To me that´s the one and only point.

That this guy has a bad time now is obvious but no excuse for the failure of him and other Kiters that practice such style...

It would really be nice if someone who really observed the terrible accident would give information about the real circumstances involved so we can all draw appropriate conclusions for the future.

If there is no discussion about the accident like in other forums nothing will change and loss of life was even more senseless then!


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Postby Guest » Mon Jun 10, 2002 1:09 am

"official" press-release from fd-tour about the accident:

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Postby Guest » Mon Jun 10, 2002 2:19 am

Thanks for the link to the official press release. However, it doesn't seem to be working. Can you double check the address to see if it's correct? Meanwhile, I'll try again later. Thanks~

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Postby RickI » Mon Jun 10, 2002 3:10 am

Here is a rough internet translation engine version in english:

In English:

Press release of the organizer of the FD route of 08.06.2002
Kitesurfer trauern around Silke the Gorldt a tragic accident
overshadowed the Fischland Darss Kitesurf route and led to the
early abort of the Events. The German Kiterin Silke Gorldt died on
Friday evening at the consequences of their violations. After you
got caught Kite into the linen of a fellow combatant, the 24jaehrige
was pulled by the two kites over the water and hit against wood
holz-Buhnen. On Friday afternoon at 15:30 o'clock, with a routine
turn, got caught the linen of two professional Kitesurfern at the
sport beach of Zingst. The fellow combatant could release its safety
system and release with it its kite, which did not succeed to Silke
Gorldt for still unsettled reasons. Its Kite got caught in its screen,
which had as a consequence that Silke Gorldt with the strength was
pulled by both Kites over the water. It struck against wood
holz-Buhnen in beach proximity and over the beach was geschleift.
The being available rescue forces were immediately to the place
and carried out first aid. Although hardly outside violations were
visible, the 24jaehrige on the following rescue flight deceased in the
hospital grab forest. The cause of death is at present still unsettled.
The accident of Silke Gorldt is to be attributed to the linkage of
unfortunate circumstances and can according to experts to
everyone the present Kitern occur. Because the conditions were
with 25 nodes wind ideally for a Kitesurf Contest and the accident
occurred during a routine turning internal message. Besides the
supervisors, who are all even experienced Kiter, had met optimal
safety precautions. How it could come to the tragic accident, is
article of determinations. Supervisors and Athleten trauern around a
large personality in the Kitesurf sport. Silke Gorldt was the best
German Kitesurferin, and coined/shaped the scene of the recent
trend sport crucially also. The 24jaehrige from South Germany, of
the North team, studied politics sciences in Oldenburg. She
celebrated their largest successes with the last Events of the
Worldtour and in Tarifa. Kitesurfen, also Kiteboarden mentioned,
often trend sport of the new Milleniums called, there it well-known
types of board port such as Snowboarden, Skateboarden and
Wakeboarden with flies connects. Kitesurfer are to Kite on a
board and move with the strength of a Paraglider similar kite, also
mentioned, over the water. Are possible branches up to 10 meters

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Postby Guest » Mon Jun 10, 2002 3:52 am

Leash or no leash.. I have used a kite leash and will continue to do so.. but a few times in Maui I let go of my bar and my kite was still powered and draged me very far and ruthlessly. The lines got knoted at the top and the kite was still powered and would not depower. Sometimes things happen out of our control. Unfortunately in this situation it was tragic.

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