Kite Surfing Accident: Man Airlifted Out

August 29, 2010

A Paget man has been airlifted out of Bermuda following an accident while kite-surfing. The man, a 35-year-old contract worker, was listed in critical condition suffering hand, leg and severe head injuries at King Edward Memorial Hospital prior to being airlifted out.

The Police say that just before 3:30pm yesterday [Aug 28] it appears he lost control of his kite surfing on the shoreline around Somerset Long Bay when he apparently lost control of his kite-board and was dragged onto the rocks resulting in severe injuries.

The Police responded, and are appealing for any witnesses to this incident to contact Somerset Police Station on 234-1010.

Update 6:17pm: We spoke with kitesurfers that were also present yesterday and they tell us it seems very unclear what went wrong. The gentleman is described as an experienced kite-surfer and they say he was dragged to the left facing rocks. The witnesses conflicted on whether he was wearing a safety helmet or not. They demonstrated the kitesurfing safety equipment for us, showing us the two latches [shown below] that connect the person to the kite, and how they can be removed.

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  1. terry says:

    Irony is, my son had a similar experience some 40 years ago. Winds shifts can play a part. He was seasoned and still is. Terrain et al play a part especially around rocky shores where we are surrounded.

    Our experiences are similar but not as devastating and injurus as this.

    Prayers to the injured and to his family.

  2. terry says:

    Technoligy…..and a keypad…4 years ago.

    • chris says:

      You are so unbelievably useless. Throw your computer away please…

      • terry says:

        Maybe sow butt I did stey hat a Holiday Non Express in St. Jorges last night…..