Windsurfing death at Nitnat?

Windsurfing death at Nitnat?

Post by Mike Sommerfie » Fri, 12 Jul 1996 04:00:00


My sister who lives on the Island says there was  fatality at Nitnat
Lake where a guy slashed his leg with his fin and could not make it
back to shore.

Does anybody have some accurate information

With a death in Calgary a few weeks ago this sport is starting to take
on a dangerous look .  Who can say if that  will be good or bad for
the sport  I just don't treasure the seeing the ambulance at the beach
or the government stepping in to save us from ourselves.

As a very competant sailor regardless of conditions  with years of
experience  I appreciate that today we all try to push the limits and
todays equipment  can take us a lot farther before we get there but  I
think that now helmets are getting to be essential equipment.

For myself a boom in the face on a big day at Rufus last week  and a
little modification of the bone in there has prompted me to order a
face guard .    Cost me two days of sailing which was a greater pain
but the feeling like  getting wacked with a 2X4  is definitely on my
list of things not to repeat.     I still sail my slalom equipment
sans helmet  but as soon as I get on the small stuff  it is time to go
into combat mode.  This is a great sport and I for one would like to
get old doing it.

Regards
        Mike Sommerfield


 
 
 

Windsurfing death at Nitnat?

Post by Mike Blad » Fri, 12 Jul 1996 04:00:00


Quote:

> My sister who lives on the Island says there was  fatality at Nitnat
> Lake where a guy slashed his leg with his fin and could not make it
> back to shore.

> Does anybody have some accurate information

There was a news story on the local CTV station the day after the death.
They reported that the windsurfer involved was experienced.  They also
said that the wind was blowing at 40 kts and that there were very few
windsurfers on the lake at the time.  Details of the accident were
sketchy.  The windsurfer was apparently cut in the leg by his fin and by
the time anyone noticed he had no pulse.  The remainder of the story
forused on safety devices that one could carry with then to attract
attention.

Sorry that I have no other information.  I'm also curious since I recently
gashed my foot on the fin while trying to get waterstarted.

Mike

 
 
 

Windsurfing death at Nitnat?

Post by Phil Bryan » Sat, 13 Jul 1996 04:00:00



Quote:
>My sister who lives on the Island says there was  fatality at Nitnat
>Lake where a guy slashed his leg with his fin and could not make it
>back to shore.

From a previous reply sounds like this guy was having so much fun he did
not know he was bleeding (40kt wind) - I think I'd rather go like that
than die of cancer/road accident/etc.
--
Phil Bryant

 
 
 

Windsurfing death at Nitnat?

Post by Jonathan M Richards » Sat, 13 Jul 1996 04:00:00


: > My sister who lives on the Island says there was  fatality at Nitnat
: > Lake where a guy slashed his leg with his fin and could not make it
: > back to shore.
: >
: > Does anybody have some accurate information
: >

: There was a news story on the local CTV station the day after the death.
: They reported that the windsurfer involved was experienced.  They also
: said that the wind was blowing at 40 kts and that there were very few
: windsurfers on the lake at the time.  Details of the accident were
: sketchy.  The windsurfer was apparently cut in the leg by his fin and by
: the time anyone noticed he had no pulse.  The remainder of the story
: forused on safety devices that one could carry with then to attract
: attention.

: Sorry that I have no other information.  I'm also curious since I recently
: gashed my foot on the fin while trying to get waterstarted.

This is why I like to dull the point of the fin a bit with a
file. There's no need to have it razor sharp at the point facing down,
I warrant.

-Jonathan

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Windsurfing death at Nitnat?

Post by Lee La » Sat, 13 Jul 1996 04:00:00

As confirmation from a second hand source, (please contact Ocean Wind at
Victoria at 604 659-8171 for primary source); there was a death at Nitinaht
Lake in Vancouver Island on July 7th, 1996. The person in question is from
Courtenay (also on the Island) and cut his leg on his fin.  He was
helicopter-lifted out but his heart stopped on the way to hospital and was
DOA.

Speculation; He cut his fem***artery.  Second-hand account, he did so
on a bad crash, jump attempt.  

Please note that Nitinaht is a bump and jump site and not the sort of
place where this incident happens on a regular basis.  For further
descriptions of Nitinaht please see http://SportToday.org/~cpmanuel

Folks, lets not get too worked up about this.  Sure windsurfing's a
little dangerous but I can think of way more dangerous stuff; like

- riding my bike to work;
- driving through the Massey tunnel, Lions Gate Bridge;
- white-water kayaking;
- missing your mother's birthday or wife's anniversary.

Now I don't want to trivialize this person's death (or the death of other
windsurfers) but lets keep some perspective here.  As far as I know,
fatalities are rare in windsurfing.  

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