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Kite Fatality on river Danube, Belgrade.

Postby Bole » Mon Sep 09, 2019 5:54 pm

https://www.blic.rs/sudbine/dalibor-and ... uo/vhdpg7m

Serbian Rapper Dalibor Andonov Gru (46) dies today in Zemun around 15.20 during a kite session...

Not a lot of info on the accident, couple of friends who kite with him sometimes at that spot say that he didn't see the storm coming, and was apparently doing a self rescue after the wind dropped and his kite ended up in the water, only to be picked up by a very strong stormy gust of around 60-70 kts, which lifted him and he hit an obstacle (barrel) and suffered fatal injuries. It seems that the safety didn't release properly or he didn't secure the safety line around the bar. He had plenty of experience, +10 yrs.

Sad news. R.I.P.

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Re: Kite Fatality on river Danube, Belgrade.

Postby Toby » Mon Sep 09, 2019 7:35 pm

Sounds like an unlucky combination of things that happened.

My condolences to family and friends.

RIP

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Re: Kite Fatality on river Danube, Belgrade.

Postby RedSky » Tue Sep 10, 2019 3:25 am

60-70kts !!
That's hurricane force! Poor guy. Stay safe.

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Re: Kite Fatality on river Danube, Belgrade.

Postby or6 » Tue Sep 10, 2019 9:08 am

R.I.P.

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Re: Kite Fatality on river Danube, Belgrade.

Postby markymarc » Tue Sep 10, 2019 9:35 pm

A terrible loss again...

RIP.

What can we learn from this?

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Re: Kite Fatality on river Danube, Belgrade.

Postby Toby » Tue Sep 10, 2019 9:41 pm

markymarc wrote:
Tue Sep 10, 2019 9:35 pm
A terrible loss again...

RIP.

What can we learn from this?
he didn't see the storm coming
be aware of forecasts and whats going on in the sky...you can see storm fronts coming...be early enough off the water...when the wind stops or changes direction be prepared for strong gusts too come...but before that happens you already should be off the water.

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Re: Kite Fatality on river Danube, Belgrade.

Postby Bole » Tue Sep 10, 2019 11:30 pm

There is some more info. One of his friends who was in a dinghy said that the bar jammed in the hook, causing a death loop, which he couldn't stop, probably caused by heavy gusts and an inconvenient fall. Maybe he didn't know that technique where you aggressively pull the further steering line to stall the kite and kill the loop, or simply it was too fast with those gusts to react. The autopsy shows he broke his back in 2 places, which paralyzed him and he drowned. He didn't hit any objects, he bounced of the water couple of times, which at those speeds was deadly. The guys on the dinghy got there as fast as they could, but unfortunately not fast enough.

As Toby said, precaution with the storms is crucial. But if you didn't manage to get out cause you didn't pay attention or smth (this spot is quite difficult, it's a river with a strong current, with forests on both sides, maybe it surprised him), and something fishy is happening (strong gusts, direction changes etc.) me personally, I always hold the hand on the safety, and am ready to let go of the leash as well. Also keeping the kite close to the water has it relatively less powered and you can last through heavy winds for some time. In any case, it's a tragedy and could have been unlucky mix of coincidences with no lack of caution from his side...really liked the guy, was listening to his rap at 10 showing off and all. RIP Gru.

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Re: Kite Fatality on river Danube, Belgrade.

Postby longwhitecloud » Tue Sep 10, 2019 11:43 pm

RIP

Another design factor to consider, first saw this problem 14+ years ago. Also QRs getting stuck in spreader bar hooks. Take note equipment designers without long term experience.

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Re: Kite Fatality on river Danube, Belgrade.

Postby downunder » Wed Sep 11, 2019 6:57 am

What we can learn from this is that river Danube, or any other river with strong current, muddy waters and a lot of traffic is not the best spot for kiting.

In the let's say close proximity, there are some much better places for inland kiting in Serbia. Even Monte Negro coast is not that far.

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Re: Kite Fatality on river Danube, Belgrade.

Postby sarc » Wed Sep 11, 2019 6:59 am

longwhitecloud wrote:
Tue Sep 10, 2019 11:43 pm
RIP

Another design factor to consider, first saw this problem 14+ years ago. Also QRs getting stuck in spreader bar hooks. Take note equipment designers without long term experience.
Do we know what model QR, what harness? Thanks if anyone has info


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