A kitesurfer has died after strong winds lifted and dragged him out of the ocean and against poles and buildings at Sunrise Beach in Muizenburg Cape Town, on Thursday, 29 December.
The 33-year-old kitesurfer sustained major head injuries and multiple limb and rib fractures.
Melomed Hospital Group marketing manager, Shameema Adams told News24, “While in the ambulance, en route to the hospital, the patient’s condition was critical with unrecordable blood pressure levels, pupils fixed and unreactive, pulse slowing, poor cardiac output, unrecordable Spontaneous Awakening Trials (SATS), poor respiratory efforts and bag-mask used, multiple injuries suspected.”
The man was rushed to the Melomed Hospital in Tokai and immediately attended to by the emergency doctors but sadly he succumbed to his injuries and was declared deceased by the medical personnel.
Police have now opened up a case for further investigation as an anonymous eyewitness told IOL that there was no gust of wind that lifted the deceased from the water and blew him against buildings.
The eyewitness told IOL, “He was only lifted around 2-3m out of the water and the ambulance took 30 to 40 minutes to arrive.
“We had to cut away the kite apparatus from his body. There is nothing anyone could do.”
Police are urging the public to come forward with any information and contact Crime Stop at 08600 1011.
Our sincerest condolences to the family of the deceased.