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Old 10-19-2007, 11:19 AM
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Default Seattle Fatality

A kiteboarder was killed in a storm yesterday near Seattle, Washington. Gusts were reported ranging from 50 to 62 mph in the area and were forecast a couple of days before. Details are limited at this time. More at:

A bunch of guys went out in this. Only one died, that we've heard about. Hopefully more looked at the forecast and conditions, thought about it and passed on going out into the storm. Not everyone dies in extreme weather events and yet everyone who goes out in them is volunteering for the chance to be killed.

It is fairly easy to boost huge in 25 mph with today's kites. WHY would people elect to go out in winds violently gusting to 50 and even 60 mph? For big air?

Would you sail in a small boat intentionally into a hurricane, hang glide into a supercell storm, intentionally drive into white out conditions in an active avalanche area, sit in your car and wait for a large tornado to overtake you?

Some hazards are more obvious than others. Taking them seriously can be harder for some and yet no so hard for others.

If you want to go out into this crap, use a windsurfer. That third dimension or a terminal tangling and high speed dragging through the water with a kite could wreck your day. In the meantime, history repeats itself and MORE seasonal violent weather is likely on the way.
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