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Old 09-04-2018, 07:34   #1
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pirate Kite surf fatalities..

Three Australian wind surfers have died on the coast of Portugal at Praia Meco.. 2 men and one woman.
Seems they ignored the advisories and went out to practice anyway..
One took off according to a witness and was carried away.. the others apparently treid to chase and recover but alledgedly tangled and came to grief..
Two bodies recovered so far..
Thought it may be of interest to Aussie members.
Condolences to the families.
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Old 09-04-2018, 16:51   #2
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Re: Wind surf fatalities..

When you say "took off" you aren't referring to kite surfing, are you? It seems wind surfers used to feather their sails and still manage to get home.....in the old days.
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Old 09-04-2018, 16:57   #3
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Apologies.. I did mean Kite Surf.. dunno why I typed Wind... Duhhh.!!!
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Re: Wind surf fatalities..

we have been seeing kite-surf fatalities here in Austria on lake Neusiedl (which is all of 5' deep): some time ago a girl got lifted by a gust & was slammed into a pier & there was one the other day when the worst could be avoided thanks to the helo
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Re: Kite surf fatalities..

Would this be the incident?

https://www.publico.pt/2018/04/09/so...o-meco-1809639

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One dead and two missing after Mino paragliding accident...

A paraglider fell into the sea. Two people who tried to succor the victim were eventually taken by the current. The victims are of Austrian nationality.

PUBLIC April 9, 2018, 12:59

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One person died and two were reported missing Monday morning at Praia do Meco. The information was confirmed to the PUBLIC by official source of the Maritime Police.

Everything will have happened when a paraglider experienced difficulties and fell into the sea. Two men tried to succor the victim, eventually being carried away. One of the victims was rescued by the rescue teams and subjected to resuscitation maneuvers, but eventually died.

The three people are of Austrian nationality, according to the National Maritime Authority.

According to the District Commando of Relief Operations of Setúbal, the alert for the accident was given at 11:51. In the place are elements of the voluntary firemen of Sesimbra and also the emergency medical vehicle (Vmer) of the hospital of Setúbal. In the place are also means of the Maritime Police, as indicated to the own one to the PUBLIC, to make "actions of search and rescue". According to SIC News, an Air Force helicopter was deployed to the beach.

According to a source from the fire brigade in Sesimbra, which have eight operational locations supported by four vehicles, the accident occurred at Moinho de Baixo Beach, in Meco.
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Re: Kite surf fatalities..

Perhaps there is more than one sad incident. Praia Meco is where Boatman61 said the Australian kite surfers perished.

Island Hoppers article considers Austrians.

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I wonder if its not a mixup of Austrians-Australians, as there was nothing on this mornings news here in Austria
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I wonder if its not a mixup of Austrians-Australians, as there was nothing on this mornings news here in Austria
Don't know but there's nothing on the news/internet so far here in Australia, plenty on the internet about 3 Austrians involved in an paragliding incident at Praia do Meco Portugal though...very sad news.

https://www.dn.pt/portugal/interior/...e-9245054.html

http://www.paraglidingforum.com/viewtopic.php?p=p556641

https://portugalresident.com/tragedy...ssing%E2%80%99

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UPDATE TUESDAY:

The three Austrians have now been named. The woman is Maria Speiser, aged 37; the friends who came to her rescue Alexander Radstadt, 51 and Johann Riedl, 34.
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use of the word "pilot" tell us something...
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I thought the report was about kite surfers and Aussies though it could have been Austrian and hang gliders..
Portuguese is tough and I still lose it with some words misunderstood..
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now I find it (Österreicherin beim Gleitschirmfliegen in Portugal tödlich verunglückt | Nachrichten.at )
-definitely paraglider-pilots...
(accident is the price of motion...)
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I thought the report was about kite surfers and Aussies though it could have been Austrian and hang gliders..
Portuguese is tough and I still lose it with some words misunderstood..
Sorry..
No worries boaty , i was just curious as there was nothing in the news here, something like that would be near headline stuff....
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3rd body found but presently reported unrecoverable due to sea state.. big waves..
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