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A kitesurfing accident calls for a multi-agency intervention

By March 28, 2021August 25th, 2021Kite surfing

Coastguards, firefighters and paramedics were called to Poole after a kite surfer collided with a tree in Sandbanks.

The Solent Coast Guard Operations Center received a report at 1:24 p.m. on Sunday March 28 of an injured kite surfer after being caught by a gust of wind off Whitley Lake and blown into a tree off the coast of Haven Road.

The Poole Coast Guard Rescue Team and the Southbourne Coast Guard, as well as two fire engines from the Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Services were called in.

Haven Road was temporarily closed when firefighters recovered the kite, which remained tangled in the tree.

Upon arrival, the victim was being treated by the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust for his injuries.

A Southbourne Coast Guard spokesperson said: ‘Tasked at 1:24 pm by the National Maritime Operations Center to report a kite surfer that collided with a tree near Shore Road in Poole.

“The Poole Coast Guard Rescue Team, Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Services and Ambulance Service have also been tasked.

“Once there, we established that the victim was in the care of the ambulance service.

“Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue shot down the kite surfer’s kite so it was safe if it was blown out of the tree at a later date.

“Therefore, we withdrew and returned to the station. ”

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