Monday, 29 August 2011

Tarifa kitesurfer in ICU after crashing into wall

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TARIFA A kitesurfer was rushed by helicopter to the Puerta del Mar Hospital in Cadiz yesterday, after he lost control of his kite and smashed into a wall near Valdevaqueros beach. At about 1pm the man, whose identity and age have not been released, was seen to carry out several turns in the air, but his kite was climbing higher than usual. Suddenly a strong gust of wind, according to witnesses, appeared to cause him to "drop out of the sky" and on to a wall at the back of the sandy area, between two chiringuitos. With the arrival of rescue services, a helicopter was called in to take him to hospital, where he remains in serious condition. Experienced local kitesurfers said that the gusty wind yesterday made their sport a risky business and they had advised several less knowledgeable people not to go up because of it, although no-one could confirm that the injured man had been one of them. Together with Los Lances, Valdevaqueros is one of Spain's favourite kitesurfing spots in the world.

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