A Florida kite surfer died in a freak incident immediately after a unexpected, powerful gust of wind hurled him far more than 400 feet and slammed him into the aspect of a property.
The guy — determined in social media as Fred Salter, a 61-12 months-previous most cancers survivor — hadn’t even gotten into the drinking water in Fort Lauderdale when the highly effective wind launched him into the air Wednesday morning, the Sunshine-Sentinel claimed.
“He was windsurfing on the seaside, and the wind picked up and threw him in opposition to the building, and he went down,” a witness explained to 911, WSVN documented. “He’s unconscious on the ground. He’s bleeding.”
Surveillance video confirmed Salter seeking to struggle for management of the kite, but the wind was much too powerful and dragged him alongside the sand before he went airborne.
“He was attempting to kite surf in the ocean behind the tackle right here, really, just two doorways down, when potent winds came into the place unexpectedly, and he was not equipped to release from the kite in a timely way,” Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Stephen Gollan said, in accordance to WSVN
“So we went from reasonably calm conditions to exceptionally hazardous ailments in a shorter time period of time,” he extra.
Gollan mentioned Salter experienced been putting on a harness that was securely linked to his apparatus, the Sunshine-Sentinel reported.
Knowledgeable surfers had been at a decline as to why he did not possibly let go of the bar or activate a person of two releases that would have freed him from the kite.
“Letting go of the bar solves 90 p.c of issues,” Graham Goodwin, proprietor of Fort Lauderdale Kitesurfing, which offers lessons, advised the newspaper.
Kitesurfers undertaking into the h2o on a surfboard and use the kite to rise above the waves, normally coming down inside of a number of seconds.
Goodwin explained mutual close friends experienced warned Salter about the winds that working day in advance of he set up on the seaside Wednesday morning. A climate advisory had been issued in Broward County minutes right before the accident.
“He could be a tiny little bit reckless at moments,” Goodwin explained to the Sunshine-Sentinel. “But he was out there frequently. He was pretty experienced.”
Salter was earlier mentioned land the full time right before placing the next flooring of a personal home on North Atlantic Boulevard, Gollan said.
The sufferer was rushed to Broward Health Health care Center, exactly where he died three several hours later on.
The father, grandfather and cancer survivor died accomplishing what he loved, in accordance to friends.
“He liked what he did, and [he was] one of the nicest men and women I’ve at any time fulfilled, and I’m just in shock correct now,” mate Heather Hentges instructed WSVN. “I can not consider it. I’m just so unfortunate for him.”
Close friend Mike Bradley informed WPLG that Salter experienced been kite browsing for a long time and that he had not long ago crushed cancer.
“I retain considering I should’ve been there this early morning, but I just cannot assume that due to the fact Freddy was a incredibly clever waterman,” Bradley told the station. “And it’s just how speedy one thing can occur on the water. It’s just insane.”