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Fatality In Zegrzu, Poland

Postby RickI » Fri Jul 13, 2007 12:26 pm

Tragiczny wypadek na Zegrzu

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Z przykrością i bólem w sercu zawiadamiamy was o tragicznej śmierci naszego dobrego kolegi Rafała.

Rafał pływał na kite'cie od kilku lat i był doświadczonym kitesurferem, jednym z tych dla których kitesurfing to prawdziwa pasja. 7 lipca wraz z innymi kajciarzami pływał na Zalewie Zegrzyńskim przy ośrodku WDW. Tego dnia wiatr był umiarkowany, trochę nierówny, a chwilami szkwalisty. Na 14m było momentami za dużo, inni pływali na 12m.... Rafał był na 10m Torch i głównie miał za mało mocy, żeby odpłynąć od brzegu, więc pływał wzdłuż brzegu czasem dość mocno pompując. W pewnym momencie prawdopodobnie deska zaczepił o dno, spadł z deski do przodu i podbiegł kilka kroków. Chciał skontrować latawiec i niestety gdy to zrobił uniosło go w powietrze i sekundę później uderzył bokiem o betonowe donicę. Gdy dobiegli do niego inni kajciarze wszystko go bolało ale był przytomny. Nie chcieli Rafała ruszać z miejsca, więc przykryli go latawcem i ubraniami. Zadzwonili po karetkę, a zanim przyjechała na trapezie pojawiła się krew, mimo tego że był ubrany w piankę. Zmarł w szpitalu w wyniku odniesionych licznych obrażeń wewnętrznych. Nie wiadomo czy za mocno zaciągnął bar, czy akurat przyszedł mocniejszy szkwał...

Na koniec kilka słów które dostałam w mailu od jednego ze świadków całego zdarzenia.
Ku przestrodze. Mnie przekonały.

"Jak będziesz coś pisała to napisz o bezpieczeństwie. O doborze kite'a do warunków, o złudnym wrażeniu bezpieczeństwa. O stosowaniu i używaniu zrywek. O stosowaniu kite'ów z bezpiecznymi zrywkami, których nikt się nie będzie bał użyć. A przede wszystkim napisz o pływaniu daleko od brzegu - na tyle daleko żeby nie wylądować na słupie, a na tyle blisko żeby w razie wypadku zdążyć wrócić zanim straci się przytomność. Napisz o pływaniu w kilka osób. Napisz o uważaniu na siebie nawzajem.. I napisz żeby myśleć, żeby w sytuacji gdy ktoś Ci coś proponuje, zaleca, odradza, żeby zastanowić się czy to przypadkiem nie jest dobra propozycja. Żeby nie przeceniać swoich możliwości i nie szarżować gdy nie ma takiej potrzeby. Ja też lubię sytuacje ekstremalne. Może nie tak jak inni. Może jestem zbyt rozważny w pewnych momentach. Ale może to tylko nielicznym dane jest zawsze spadać na cztery łapy, a inni po prostu wcześniej czy później będą mieli wypadek. I do tego momentu zawsze będą myśleli, że ich to nigdy nie spotka. Pisz - im więcej postów na temat bezpieczeństwa tym lepiej."

Redakcja Sieplywa.pl składa najszczersze kondolencje dla rodziny.
Rafał pozostanie w naszej pamięci.



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http://www.sieplywa.pl/siewie.php?id=1708
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Postby RickI » Fri Jul 13, 2007 12:30 pm

More sad news from Central Europe. My sincere regrets go out to this lost riders family and friends.

I tried to run an automatic translation on this but the Polish to English translator that I found only converted about 1/4 of the words. If someone could help with a translation of the announcement and some of the more informative comments into English I would be grateful.

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Postby RickI » Fri Jul 13, 2007 5:02 pm

I would like to apologize to the family and friends of the lost kiter, Rafal and to those of the rider on the Plattensee for bringing this up so soon after these tragic accidents. At the same time, prime kiteboarding season is underway in many temperate areas with lots of kiters on the water. Combined with the recent sad accident in Hungary, I think it is important to try to understand what might have gone wrong and learn from it. A translation follows:

We regret to inform about tragic death of our good friend Rafal.
Rafal has been kiting for past few years and was an experienced kitesurfer, one of those for whom kiting was a real passion. On the 7 Jul together with others he was kiting on Zalew Zegrzynski (*sort of inland lagoon*). Wind was of medium strength but gusty. Some had to much on 14m, others were ok on 12m. Rafal was on 10m Torch and he was underpowered to get away enough from the shore so he has been kiting along the shore. One moment he probably touched the bottom with his board, fallen off it and run few steps ahead to the beach. He wanted to avoid the kite going down so he countered it and has been lifted up. Seconds after he was on the concrete flowerpots (*there are some just as the beach ends on that spot*). When others came to help him he was all in pain but concious. They wanted to avoid moving him so he's just been covered with kite and clothes until the ambulance came. Although he's been wearing a wetsuit, blood has shown up on his harness. He died in hospital of internal injuries. No one knows if a stronger gust hit or he pulled the bar too much...



FKA, Inc.

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Postby RickI » Fri Jul 13, 2007 5:07 pm

It would help to learn more about the circumstances of this tragic accident. Things like:

1. What was the average wind speed and gust range? Did the other kiters notice conditions to be particularly gusty at times?
2. What compass direction was the wind from and was is onshore, side onshore or ?
3. Was there any storm activity in the area?
4. Does the bottom become shallow gradually or suddenly and does it consist of sand, sand and rock or clay or ?
5. How far away from the water were the flower pots?
6. What city along the Zalew Zegrzynski did the accident happen at?

Any additional information would be welcome and could be conveyed if you would like by PM to ricki or email to flkitesurfer(at)hotmail.com.

Thank you and take care.

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Postby Fin » Fri Jul 13, 2007 5:20 pm

RickI wrote:It would help to learn more about the circumstances of this tragic accident. Things like:
1. What was the average wind speed and gust range? Did the other kiters notice conditions to be particularly gusty at times?
2. What compass direction was the wind from and was is onshore, side onshore or ?
3. Was there any storm activity in the area?
4. Does the bottom become shallow gradually or suddenly and does it consist of sand, sand and rock or clay or ?
5. How far away from the water were the flower pots?
6. What city along the Zalew Zegrzynski did the accident happen at?
Any additional information would be welcome and could be conveyed if you would like by PM to ricki or email to flkitesurfer(at)hotmail.com.
Thank you and take care.
1. I was kiting western part of Poland that day. Wind average 25 knt up 40+ gusts. Very difficult, gusty conditions. Most of those fatal Saturday i stayed off the water.
3. Quite large depression for this part of Europe, storm on Baltic Sea.
6. Warsaw, Zegrze is capital local spot.

I try to ask people who are better informed to send to you some info.

Very sad days for Polish kitesurf comunnity :(

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Postby Toby » Fri Jul 13, 2007 5:31 pm

My condolences to family and friends.
Sad to hear this again.

It would be good if we can get more details, so we can keep this tragedy in mind and hopefully we can all avoid to get injured the same way.

Toby


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