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 Post subject: Fatality in Russia
PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2007 3:16 pm 
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A 31 yo experienced kiter has died yesterday while kiting during storm at the Black Sea.
Not many details known yet, spot – Jemete, near Anapa. Wind gusts were up to 32 m/s.
Doctors announced kiter dead after falling from 30 meters height into the trees.

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some pics with the storm here

http://www.windseekers.ru/gallery/storm ... page01.htm

http://www.windseekers.ru/gallery/storm ... page02.htm


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My condolences go out to the lost kiter's family and friends. I hope they can find some comfort at this terrible time.

Sounds like a very powerful storm, gusts to 32 m/s or 62 kts. To be lofted 30 m or almost a 100 ft. high you need some strong wind, in the past gusts to around 50 kts. The seas look quite large too. If more details become available regarding things like kite size, type, distance from shore, more details about what happened during the accident it would be helpful to learn more about them either here or via PM to ricki or email to flkitesurfer (at) hotmail.com.

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I was hoping we might have escaped this November without any fatalities given the first half of the month. In some years we have lost up to five kiters in November alone often to the seasonal storms.


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My condolences to the family and friends. Sorry to hear about this loss.

Everyone going out in storms should know how likely it can be to die.
Make sure to check forecasts which also announce gusts, like http://www.weatheronline.co.uk

Now is stormy season, think twice if you want to go out...

Be safe.


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My condolences to the family and friends

How did it happen now?
Any more info?
(my guess: too big of a kite, friends on shore to cheer him on)

That storm took many sols and fubared the environment as well.
To bad they used tankers meant for lakes, on the ocean.

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Sorry to hear,
my heart goes out to ALL the families who lost someone in this storm.

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Condolences to his family and friends

Heard that a lot of "C" shape kites have been sold in Russia and other countries like SA wonder if this poor guys was sucked into buying one?

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Condolences to his family and friends

It definitely should not have anything to do if the kite was a C-shape or a bow, but all the other circumstances.


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Condolences to his family and friends


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62 knots! If it was a 60knt gust then the wind might have
been a solid 40 knots like when Dimitri was killing those
waves on a 4m kite.

His friends will see this, I doubt that his family will, so I'd
like to say that I'm sorry to hear this news. The guy knew
the risks and was probably having one of those epic victory
at sea seas that we all have once in a while.

Sad, but it seems like he was on the edge of the envelop of
what is possible and this is the reality of mistakes. I hope
that details come forward that we can all learn one little
thing from?

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Condolences to his family and friends.

That said, I wish Rick or somebody would break down all of the known kiting deaths into two categories: "unavoidable" and "irresponsible".

I know that sounds harsh, but the stats on how dangerous this sport is has been severely skewed by poor judgement.


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