Atlantic Beach

The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI), in South Africa, received this week two different calls regarding problems reported with two kitesurfers and a windsurfer.

The alert was given by the Atlantic Beach Golf Estate.

The kitesurfers had technical difficulties with their equipment and decided to paddle to shore, leaving their sails out in the sea. Very close to them was a an Austrian windsurfer who tied the sails to his board in order to carry them to the shore.

But, as it was being very hard to do the journey, he also left his equipment and swam directly to the shore, with their sails.

Fortunately, everything went well and no one got hurt. The kitesurfer got back their boards and kites. The windsurfer too.

Puerto Rico

A tourist from Greece was killed in a kiteboarding accident off Puerto Rico's northern coast, officials said.

Dominica L. Parakera, 29, apparently became tangled in his equipment, saturday, in the Atlantic Ocean and was trapped by his board beneath the water, according to police Agent Harry Muniz.

Parakera was taken to a hospital in the city of Aguadilla and later pronounced dead, Muniz said. Please embrace safety procedures.

Source: AP

MS Beluga SkySails

The MS Beluga SkySails, the world's first cargo vessel with the innovative SkySails towing kite system, is being used for a commercial transport for the first time.

It will carry the first parts of a complete particle board factory from Bemen to Venezuela on behalf of DHL Global Forwarding, the ocean and air freight carrier of the Deutsche Post World Net Group.

The multipurpose vessel will set sail early next week. What makes it so special is a new wind propulsion system with a huge towing kite that provides additional thrust for the ship at sea - a sustainable solution for reducing fuel consumption, costs and emissions.

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