Skip to comments.Kite surfer attacked by shark off Stuart Beach dies from multiple bites
Posted on 02/03/2010 7:30:37 PM PST by driftdiver
A man was killed by sharks in a rare fatal attack this afternoon in the waters off Stuart, authorities said.
The man, whose name wasn't made public, was kite surfing south of Stuart Beach about 4:15 p.m. when the sharks attacked him, said Bureau Chief Doug Killane of Martin County Fire-Rescue.
A lifeguard spotted the man floating in an unguarded stretch of ocean, jumped on a rescue board and paddled out to him. He pulled the man away from the sharks and carried him back to shore.
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Hm, my home town. I used to go swimming there.
Well its not the shark came into his yard and attacked him
Kudos to the lifeguard.
I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have the guts to pull someone away from sharks actively feeding.
Me neither! Particularly on a board and not in a boat.
Sure you would. First IGNORE THE TEETH.
Hell i don’t even get near the dogs chewy when he is going at it
I’ve been in the water when sharks are nearby. All you can see is the teeth.
Yep - - he was brave.
An ignorant question: What is it about wind surfing that makes one more likely to be attacked by sharks? How would that make you more vulnerable than regular board surfing?
This guy was kite surfing and when the kites aren’t pulling, you sit in the water much like someone waiting to waterski. Much easier target to chomp.
This was sharks as in more than one!
Often times if the wind is good, a kite surfer can go 30 feet in the air and slam back down to the water. Perhaps he startled a shark or two when he hit the water? Hell I don’t know..
Fascinating sport to watch though.
Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the ...air?
Not being up to date on water sports, I thought one needed a power boat to get the kite to lift one off the water. What am I missing here. If there was a boat, why didn’t they rescue him? I know, I know, I’m being a pest, but I’ve always wanted to know everything, and I won’t live long enough to know all there is to know. Bummer.
There is no boat involved. Where there is a boat, its kite fishing.(That was a joke).
Kite surfing involves a large kite and a harness that the surfer wears. The wind blows the kite and the surfer is basically dragged by the kite. Its done solo and is dangerous. I’ve seen/heard of people getting carried into roadways or get slammed against buildings.
You are at the mercy of the wind basically.
PS. Do a google image search of kite surfing. You’ll get the idea.
I heard this on the news this morning and was hoping the lifeguard would be hailed as a hero, but they didn’t even report his name.
Hope I’m not repeating myself. Pictures! I can understand pictures. LOL Thank you for the education. Now I know the difference between kite surfing and parasailing. I now know enough to say that I would never do either one. I have a strong aversion to pain and drowning, not to mention sharks.
Take a shot man. I never did the wind surfing --- that's kind of new and looks very strenuous and I'm a little old for that. But the para sailing... that's cool, and believe it or not, most times, you don't even get wet. It's fun.
Now if you are young, strong and want to try wind surfing but have a shark phobia, I see guys doing it all the time on the Great Lakes every summer. No sharks there. )~:
Yes, neither of those are fun. Every year, usually later than Feb., the media blows sharks attacks out of proportion in florida. Its unfortunate but rare.
Having lived in Florida my whole life, I am not scared of sharks or gators. Got witin 5 ft of a 7 ft gator two weeks ago. It looked at me, spooked, then ran/swam off.
LOL, I don’t think a 76 year old woman is likely to do either one regardless of how adventurous she was as a youngster.
Not likely that I would ever do either one, even though I did live in Miami for ten years way back in the day.
You could do the para sailing. You just go for a ride on those things and don't do anything but sit back and enjoy the ride --- and pray that the guys in the boat don't drive you into the 10th floor of some condo. ;~))
But it's fun and even grandma's and grandpas' can do it.
Thanks dear, I think I will pass. God bless.
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