Mother Nature always has the final say

Published on May 22nd, 2017

Kiteboarding equipment and instruction has improved immensely, making it safer and easier to learn. While this progress has reduced the accident rate, accidents still occur.

A kiteboarder on the eastern edge of San Francisco Bay in California was getting ready to launch when a strong gust of wind lifted him about 50 feet into the air before dropping him into a metal electrical box.

Despite wearing a helmet, Brett Spence Powell, an experienced kiter, suffered severe head and neck trauma during the accident at 4pm on May 12. The 57-year-old never regained consciousness and was pronounced dead about four hours later.

The wind was blowing about 22 knots, with approximately 150 people were at the beach at the time of the accident. “From what I understand it was pretty optimal conditions for kiteboarders to be on the water,” said Lt. David Phulps of the East Bay Regional Park District Police.

Not unlike all forms of sailing, knowledge and anticipation are vital for safety, but Mother Nature always has the final say. Donations to the Brett Powell Memorial Fund can be made here.

Source: East Bay Times

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