First of all condolences to Nicholas family, may him RIP.
Another mysterious accident to a top finance man.
RobertoVillate & CaptainArgh:
I agree with you guys about the sharing accidents dynamics in order to help preventing repeats and increase overall safety.. I've always wondered why this is not common procedure on any fatal accident, not only in extreme sports
I've possibly understood why, when 2 years ago I was involved in my nearly fatal deathloop accident (full post here:https://www.kiteforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=82&t=2376771&p=758372#p758372).
It was a nasty freak accident, a sequence of events that led to my final drowning ending up washed to shore completely lifeless… out for over 10mins when brought back by several desperate attempts of CPR, and final oxygen mask from the paramedics.
Being an experienced kiter, who has always kited safe and was ultra confident in any size wave or winds, with the help of the local community and some professional kiters friends, have all analysed in detail the dynamics…Before even taking the decision of going back kiting, in fact straight out of the intensive care unit, all I was craving was to share my experience with the rest of us, to make it bold and try to rise the safety system standards in our sport, which in my view is pretty obsolete.
In the end it was agreed that although the incident occurred as a consequence of a very unlucky odd sequence of these events:
1. A faulty chicken loop
2. A faulty (asymmetrical stiching) RRD Obsession 7m kite
3. A broken bar (broken in mid air during the crazy loop at around 45Kn)
4. A hook safety knife stuck somewhere in the harness, never used before or trained to
What played the biggest role in the dynamics and made it nearly fatal was:5. The safety release red handle being stuck around my body and the harness, unreachable and unreleasable.
>>> This has happened purely because it was clipped on the handle pass at the back of the harness, in unhooked freestyle position.
This bad habit makes no sense, but is taught around the world by 99% of kite instructors, including IKOs and most kiters think that is normal to use the safety leash in this way. IT'S NOT! ESPECIALLY IN STRONG WINDS… When you get pulled in such a violent way in rough seas, the red handle must be EASILY reachable with your hands. It needs to be clipped at the front or side of you, so to have the release as close to your body and hands as possible.
A FULL RELEASABLE HARNESS SHOULD ALSO BE CONSIDERED.
I would have thought that there was a clear lesson for everybody, or even at least for the fellow kiters present at the scene (some of them really disturbed by the accident and by my zombie-bloated-black faced state..).
INSTEAD?!?ALL OF THEM ARE KEEP USING THE SAFETY LEASH (IN ALL CONDITIONS) ON THE HANDLEPASS RING AT THE BACK OF HARNESS, AND MOST OF THEM ARE NOT EVEN INTO FREESTYLE, BUT JUST REGULAR HOOKED SURFING / FREERIDING!!!
VERY SAD, but not surprising either when it seems like most people on this post believe that kiting solo is as dangerous as kiting with friends?!? Let's get rid of the safety release too, actually let's even get rid of ambulances and emergency services… and all other paranoias… we kiters are immortal!
You guys make me laugh.. you don't know a damn thing about first aid rescue and you practice a water based extreme sport?
The only chance of bringing a drowning body back to life is an immediate CPR, even wrongly performed… what's your plan in that scenario just out of interest? You also make me think that you possibly don't care about anyone else out at sea when you are kiting… as you think it's all useless.
Luckily in my local spot we all watch for each other (experienced) and especially for beginners.
Sorry to go on about my experience but MY LIFE WAS SAVED BY MY BEST MATE AND ANOTHER FELLOW KITER WHO FOLLOWED ME TO SHORE AND THEY BOTH STARTED CPR ON THE BEACH MINUTES BEFORE THE PARAMEDICS ARRIVED. I WOULD BE DEAD IF I WAS ON MY OWN...
K I T E S A F E ! ! ! !
Y O U A R E N O T I M M O R T A L !
I A M
I only use 5 line kites, a fully releasable harness, 2 x proper marine standards knives AND I NEVER KITE ALONE