Originally Posted: 01 Jul 2003 at:
Just saw this on the BKSA list:
http://www.sickair.tv/forum/display_top ... Position=1
A 60 year old man apparently was wrapped and dragged along the beach by a poorly anchored kite and suffered a broken rib.
1. Do not leave kites rigged and unattended.
2. At a minimum, always take the lines off of unattended kites in light to moderate winds. MAKE SURE you have piled adequate sand over several points along the kite.
3. A BETTER APPROACH and an essential one if winds are strong or gusty, is to deflate your leading edge and roll, tie your kite if you leave it unattended. Afterward, thoroughly anchor the rolled kite. Rolling your kite ROUTINELY when you leave it unattended will also make it last longer and help to retain value for resale. As others have pointed out, you will cut down on UV and wind flapping related deterioration. These things can really take the new look off of your kite, so if for no other reason, roll your kite for the MONEY!
These sort of accidents are EASILY AVOIDED! Use common sense and look after yourself, others and our access, don't take things for granted.
The newspaper account for the accident follows (thanks for the link Paul!):
Man injured by surf kite
Mr Addicoat and his wife walk their dogs on Long Rock beach every day
A Cornishman is recovering from injuries after being carried into the air and across a beach after he was tangled in a surf kite.
Quinton Addicoat, 60, broke a rib and needed hospital treatment.
The incident happened while Mr Addicoat and his wife Margaret were exercising their three dogs on Long Rock beach, near Penzance.
Mr Addicoat, who has a spinal condition and diabetes, became entangled in the parachute of a surf kite which blew across the beach, trapping him and then lifting him into the air.
"The next thing I knew I was inside one of these kites and I just got lifted up into the air," said Mr Addicoat.
"My wife reckons I was carried about 10-15 metres, I didn't know exactly what was happening.
"When it came down it dropped me on the sand rather heavily on the right-hand side, and I was pretty sure I did some damage to my ribs."
Mr Addicoat was taken to hospital and treated for a broken rib and bruising.
Kite surfing is growing in popularity and there is concern about this accident and other near misses.
In another case, a kite blew across a main road next to the beach.
"I personally have witnessed kites that have been in the air and had they come down would have come across the main highway," said John Tremelling, Penwith District Council's Beach Safety Officer.
"I think that's quite a serious issue."
But Mr Addicoat said he does not want the surfers banned but believes they should be restricted to an area away from walkers.
Ben Jones from Cornwall's Extreme Academy, where kite surfing is taught, said Mr Addicoat was "quite right" to call for tougher safety controls.
"It's down to the collective kite-surfing community to look after other beach users and other water users," said Mr Jones.
"The unruly few who don't stick to the British Kite Surfing Association guidelines do bring the sport a bad name."
I just came across another report from the UK on a related subject:
"Also general carnage here on the beach with kites being blown over beach as people thought a few "rocks" would hold kites down - not a good idea as highest gust here was 44mph at 15:15."
I remember a notable incident that happened in South Africa a while back involving a runaway kite that was launched by a dog (?), and caused a bit of chaos. Anyway, higher winds and loose kites are no joke and to are to be avoided. I have watched fairly heavily anchored kites unanchor themselves in solo launching position in high winds. If they are anchored leading edge down they might be a bit more stable in higher winds. Still nothing is as stable as deflating the leading edge, rolling, tying and anchoring the resulting ripstop nylon burrito.
Have others seen or heard about other incidents involving kites coming unanchored and flying off downwind to cause problems?