Experienced windsurfer loses life in the River Gorge

May 6, 2010 | Windsurfing
Gorge River: always check wind conditions before your session

An experienced windsurfer died in the eastern Gorge, USA, after sailing with friends in 60 miles/hour winds.

Jeff Young, a 48-year old Hood River resident, was windsurfing in the area of Arlington (3 Mile Canyon) when suddenly ten windsurfers discover his board and sail onshore.

The searches began, and a US Coast Guard helicopter was called to help. Young was one of the strongest windsurfers of the Gorge region, but he wasn't wearing a helmet under those harsh meteorological conditions.

The cause of death is still to be determined. When windsurfing in extreme conditions, please make sure to respect all safety procedures.

Take a look at the Modern Beaufort Wind Scale.