JKS wrote:jabroni wrote:Forget the ambulance, phone for a hearse...
Did he even think about what he was doing?
I would guess he didn't even come close to any type of 'real' thinking ..... inexperienced most likely. Not considering at all what was about to happen and only thinking about leaping into the sky on youtube !
Found the youtube link and found quotes made by him after the incident ....hospitalized with fractured spine broken ribs and punctured lung but came out smiling and loved every min ov it! kiting is still favourite sport and wishes girlfriend had cought the land which was approx 60ft but she darnt look. knocked me clean out was taken away in ambulance but would do it all again tomorrow! Timothy McManus, ossett, west yorkshire.if you listen carefully you can hear me hiting the floor, i cant remember hitting the floor tho but i can remember letting go of the kite on thinking s..t loli wish are lass could have filmed all of this it was crazy
JKS wrote:Lucky for that fella you were there to stop him from launching. Big dark clouds and a total lack of other kites is a good indicator you are not making a good decision.
Coroner Carla na Nagara gave her findings into the death of experienced kite and land boarder Ruben Laas at an inquest held at the Nelson District Court yesterday.
SoutherlyBuster wrote:Interesting read Marty. Some key points:
1) experienced kiter, 15m^2 (arc I assume) in winds gusting up to 32 knots and perhaps even higher gusts. I have flown my 13m^2 Venom II for a few years now and would not fly it above 20 knots for the land action and in 32 knots + would definitely fly a much smaller kite. Really the upper limit of the Venom is around 25 knots for water action with my 67kg. Not sure what the Phantoms are like, I think that is what he was flying.
2) his safety mechanism was altered and difficult if not impossible to activate. I know that some of the earlier PL safety pull release mechanisms did not comply with the European standards, ie need too much force to release, but then to tuck the release away so it can not be reached easily, perhaps a disaster waiting to happen.
3) His safety pads were strewn across the paddock. Wonder what happened there?
None the less, still hard for his wife and family that he left behind.