Kitesurfer dies in Israel after being dragged 150 meters

October 1, 2008 | Kiteboarding

Kite accident in Israel

A 23-year old youth was killed Tuesday afternoon while kite-surfing in Sdot Yam, a kibbutz located near Caesarea. He was seriously injured when the wind dragged him into the roof of a nearby house. A Magen David Adom (MDA) team evacuated him to a nearby hospital, where he later died of his wounds.

The youth was kite-surfing with his friends when a strong gust of wind dragged him 150 meters inland and threw him against a kibbutz house. He remained aloft, hanging by his parachute, until his friends detached him and brought him down.

Matan Yodfat, a paramedic who arrived on the scene, described the incident to Ynet: "We found the youth injured on the ground near the building. He was unconscious, and suffering from head, chest, and stomach injuries. We resuscitated him and then evacuated him to the hospital in critical condition."

The youth later died of massive injuries while hospitalized in Hillel Yaffe Medical Center in Hadera.

Two weeks ago a 50-year old man was moderately injured while parachuting, when he crash-landed among boulders on an Arsuf beach. The man lost control of his parachute after colliding with the cliff overlooking the beach. He was evacuated by an MDA team to a Tel Aviv hospital.

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