Kiteboarder catapulted over the beach in Irish tornado

November 15, 2008 | Kiteboarding
Tornado in Ireland

A kitesurfer sustained multiple broken bones, a Larchville resident was provided with temporary accommodation and a motorist had a miraculous escape from serious injury as a ‘mini tornado’ wreaked havoc in the city and county last Saturday.

A Tramore businessman, who had been kite surfing with four friends, was whipped into the air and catapulted up the beach, over a small promenade wall, and smashed into the surround of a skateboard park.

The man, who has not been named but who is known to be in his late 40s and married with a family, had been emerging from the water when the tornado struck.

The experienced kite surfer was removed by ambulance to Waterford Regional Hospital.

Yesterday a hospital spokesperson described his condition as ‘stable.’

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