Bad news - Hayling

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BrightonSurf
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Tue Mar 07, 2017 1:51 pm

Very sad news, RIP. I was caught in a squall a few years back (must have been well over 40mph gusts and I was on a 10m). Decided to totally release my kite rather than hold onto it. Probably one of the best decisions I ever made.
JohnM
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Tue Mar 07, 2017 2:24 pm

its 2 years ago today that we lost Sean Sands and i'd give anything to be able to say i don't know what his family and friends are going through - just heartbreaking... my thoughts are with his loved ones and like Mike rightly said - with the brave soul who tried his best to save him... just so sad...
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Tue Mar 07, 2017 3:51 pm

That makes the blood run cold, too close to home, thoughts with their nearest and dearest.

I saw a squall a come in on Sunday. Fired straight into the beach and got my 7m kite down before the worst of the gusts this was just after 11 not so far down the coast see the below from local windguru station

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Looking at the Hayling site similar happened just after 10 but not so marked
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GreggerKBR
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Tue Mar 07, 2017 5:16 pm

More news and safety advice from Adam (kiter who tried to help) Rose and Chris. Very humbling.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/cbkhayling/
Just so tragic. You can feel their sickening sadness and loss, I really hope some good comes from this.
I previously posted about 15m kite - as per news articles. Adam has said on FBK it was actually a 12m.
In any event, the conditions look more than a bit mental.

When I was having a lesson with Lewis Crathern at Lancing he called me off the water when a squall hit and explained/warned me on exactly these conditions. Seems this is more common than I'd thought!
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JGTR
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Tue Mar 07, 2017 9:06 pm

Sad news, my thoughts are with his family and friends.

We get squalls down the Thames, even leashed out I've seen the safety line cut through someone's hand and eventually snap. Not interpreting this tragic event, but letting the kite go needs to be an action that we must all be prepared to do.
wh155
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Wed Mar 08, 2017 8:31 am

Such bad and scary news! Thoughts with all involved :-(

Ride safe!

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Tone
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Wed Mar 08, 2017 5:38 pm

GreggerKBR wrote:More news and safety advice from Adam (kiter who tried to help) Rose and Chris. Very humbling.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/cbkhayling/
Just so tragic. You can feel their sickening sadness and loss, I really hope some good comes from this.
I previously posted about 15m kite - as per news articles. Adam has said on FBK it was actually a 12m.
In any event, the conditions look more than a bit mental.

When I was having a lesson with Lewis Crathern at Lancing he called me off the water when a squall hit and explained/warned me on exactly these conditions. Seems this is more common than I'd thought!
can't get onto that page unless you're a member of the group.

Can you copy and paste?
GreggerKBR
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Thu Mar 09, 2017 9:57 am

Tone wrote:
GreggerKBR wrote:More news and safety advice from Adam (kiter who tried to help) Rose and Chris. Very humbling.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/cbkhayling/
Just so tragic. You can feel their sickening sadness and loss, I really hope some good comes from this.
I previously posted about 15m kite - as per news articles. Adam has said on FBK it was actually a 12m.
In any event, the conditions look more than a bit mental.

When I was having a lesson with Lewis Crathern at Lancing he called me off the water when a squall hit and explained/warned me on exactly these conditions. Seems this is more common than I'd thought!
can't get onto that page unless you're a member of the group.

Can you copy and paste?
From Rosemary Bull / CBK FBK.

Most of you will have heard by now the tragic news of the death of one of our local kiters at the weekend, after he got into difficulty on Sunday morning. Our kiting community is a close one and we have all been deeply shocked and saddened by the loss of one of our much loved kiters, and our heartfelt condolences are with his family at this time. Although we cannot release any specific details on the incident as yet, in light of what has happened, it is a time to remind ourselves of some important personal safety considerations that we should all think about.
• Listen to the forecast and always be aware of the conditions you are going out in. IF IN DOUBT DON’T GO OUT. We have a range of kiters in the club of various levels so some people can be out there making difficult conditions look very easy, but they have more experience to deal with this. The kiter involved in the incident on Sunday was competent but we had some very adverse weather come through, squally weather where conditions can change very quickly and at this time of year when the water is very cold, even the most experienced of riders can still be caught out. We must always respect Mother Nature and regardless of whether it’s been ages since your last session, always be aware of the forecast and the conditions you are going out in.
• If you aren’t sure what kite size to go out on, always opt for the smaller size.
• Club safety cover is run from the beginning of April until the end of October when we provide management and safety cover every bank holiday and weekend. It is not run all year but we do extend cover through to December if conditions allow.
• Make sure you carry a safety knife which is within easy access. Most modern harnesses come with a safety knife but some don’t. You may never need it but it is good practice to always have one with you on the water.
• Consider wearing an impact/buoyancy jacket particularly at this time of year when the water is very cold, it will give you extra buoyancy as well as impact protection and an extra layer of warmth.
• Consider wearing a helmet. Not only will it protect your head in case of a crash but it will also keep you warmer at this time of year.
• We mention this in our updates, but always check your equipment before going out and regularly check safety systems to ensure they are in good working order.
• We run safety clinics as a matter of course at the beginning of the season and it is always good to remind yourself on how to do an emergency pack down, even the most experienced of kitesurfers. It is essential for any kiter to know how this is done and you should practice it so you know exactly what to do should you need to do an emergency pack down. We will be running a series of safety clinics at the start of the season which you are welcome to join but Chris or one of the team will always be happy to go through this with you at any time. Just ask.
• Try to avoid going out by yourself. If you do make sure someone knows you are out and what time you are expected back.
• Always use an appropriate leash and make sure it is attached at the side or front of your harness so it is in easy reach.
Anything you are unsure of, just ask Chris or one of the team and we’ll be happy to help.
GreggerKBR
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Thu Mar 09, 2017 9:57 am

And Adam Atkinson (rescuer) also wrote:

Most of you will know that I was involved in the tragic incident on Sunday morning. I'm sure you have all already done so but just go through Rosemary Bull's post below and apply - kitesurfing is after all an extreme sport.
A few things:
1-study the forecast, use different sources. I have wind guru pro which isn't much to buy but is usually spot on, well worth it. I watched the BBC news forecast sat evening, it shows the actual isobars etc. It said sunshine and heavy showers - squalls. Learn about these. Wind guru also said it would be 28-35kn gusting 42kn around 10. Although it was sunny and light wind when I got to the beach with people changing up to 12s I also knew wind guru forecast a tiny bit of N in the wind. This means the beach may feel ok, but there will be much more wind further out. This combined information made me put up my 9m. This tiny decision allowed me to stay out when the squall hit and get to the member in trouble. As things transpired it likely saved my life. I know we all want to ride powered up - go for it - but just watch the forecast.
2- Learn about fronts and squalls. When you see a mass of dark cloud this is the front and the wind will most likely jump/change direction as it comes through. When you see this just come in a bit or if you're a beginner land your kite, see what happens. I only stayed out as I knew the member out with me was on a 12 and had a niggle he might get into trouble when it hit.
3- Get a knife, but be sure to get a double bladed one - single bladed will NOT work. Put some vaseline on it when you get it. Test it. Go underwater and see if you can get it out. Change it regularly.
4-Do a bit of exercise if you can. You'll live longer, kite better and be able to help other kiters better. Some of you know I'm a PT; strength and fitness allowed me to try and help and again probably saved my life when things unfolded as badly as they did. (Nagging over)
5- Don't let this put you off. Kitesurfing is such an amazing sport and we have such an amazing venue. Be prepared, but I expect to see you on the beach jumping/back slamming and having fun as soon as the wind returns.
Finally a huge thanks for the hundreds of messages and posts of support and concern. I'm ok. Re my ditched board a replacement is on the way thanks to the most amazing board company and shop there is. More on that later hopefully. And thanks to the guy who landed me at the funfair as things were at their very worst - you were the light at the end of what had been a very long dark tunnel - and those that gave me jackets/tea.
Now go kite.
40apple40
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Sun Mar 19, 2017 11:27 am

Very sad news.

Does anyone know what happened to cause this tragedy or who it was?
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