My condolences to family and friends of the lost kiter.
November has been a rough month for kiteboarding losses for many years, some years more than others. We're up to three in about a week with a third of the month remaining. The causes may have been widely varying from current limited information. I would still be extra cautious using good technique, appropriate gear, etc. particularly in temperate areas and with inbound powerful frontal systems.
A little additional information appears below:
A missing kite surfer from Illinois was found dead on the southeast side of Lake Koshkonong early today.
Jeffrey S. Meissner, 40, of Huntley, Ill., was pronounced dead at the scene by Jefferson County Coroner Pat Theder.
The Rock County SheriffÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s Department described the death as a drowning, but an autopsy is planned.
Authorities received a call at 8:12 p.m. Monday reporting Meissner missing.
Using coordinates provided by the victimÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s cell phone provider, the Jefferson County SheriffÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s Department found the victimÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s vehicle about 30 minutes later. MeissnerÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s green Saturn was parked near W8717 White Crow Road, east of Caracajou Road, on the north central part of Lake Koshkonong.
A witness reported that he last saw the kite surfer on the lake off Carcajou Point about 4:30 p.m., according to the Rock County SheriffÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s Department.
The Lake Mills, Fort Atkinson and Milton fire departments responded with boats, equipment and search teams. The Jefferson County and Rock County boat patrols were also activated.
At 11:15 p.m., teams using thermal imaging devices and spotlights began searching the lake. At 1:25 a.m., they found the sail and board on the southeast side of the lake.
MeissnerÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s body was found an estimated 30 minutes later in the water near Koshkonong Mounds Golf Course.
http://gazettextra.com/news/2007/nov/20 ... oshkonong/