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Kite surfer attacked by shark off Stuart Beach dies from multiple bites
Palm Beach Post ^ | Feb 3, 2010 | Michael Laforgia

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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TOPICS: Pets/Animals; Society
KEYWORDS: florida; sharkattack; sharks; surfing
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1 posted on 02/03/2010 7:30:39 PM PST by driftdiver
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To: driftdiver

Hm, my home town. I used to go swimming there.


2 posted on 02/03/2010 7:34:20 PM PST by irishtenor (Beer. God's way of making sure the Irish don't take over the world.)
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To: driftdiver

Well its not the shark came into his yard and attacked him


3 posted on 02/03/2010 7:35:09 PM PST by al baby (Hi Mom sarc ;))
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To: driftdiver

Kudos to the lifeguard.


4 posted on 02/03/2010 7:39:21 PM PST by Ronin
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To: al baby

I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have the guts to pull someone away from sharks actively feeding.


5 posted on 02/03/2010 7:44:26 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver

Me neither! Particularly on a board and not in a boat.


6 posted on 02/03/2010 7:46:00 PM PST by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: driftdiver

Sure you would. First IGNORE THE TEETH.


7 posted on 02/03/2010 7:47:45 PM PST by muawiyah ("Git Out The Way")
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To: driftdiver

Hell i don’t even get near the dogs chewy when he is going at it


8 posted on 02/03/2010 7:51:15 PM PST by al baby (Hi Mom sarc ;))
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To: muawiyah

I’ve been in the water when sharks are nearby. All you can see is the teeth.


9 posted on 02/03/2010 7:57:47 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Ronin

Yep - - he was brave.


10 posted on 02/03/2010 8:17:19 PM PST by Loud Mime (Liberalism is a Socialist Disease)
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To: driftdiver

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?


11 posted on 02/03/2010 8:39:19 PM PST by WVNan (.)
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To: WVNan

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.


12 posted on 02/03/2010 8:54:56 PM PST by singletrack (..................................................................)
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To: driftdiver

This was sharks as in more than one!


13 posted on 02/03/2010 8:59:27 PM PST by Randy Larsen ( BTW, If I offend you! Please let me know, I may want to offend you again!(FR #1690))
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To: WVNan

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.


14 posted on 02/03/2010 10:13:10 PM PST by goseminoles
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To: goseminoles

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the ...air?


15 posted on 02/03/2010 10:17:57 PM PST by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: Cvengr

16 posted on 02/04/2010 3:39:26 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: goseminoles

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.


17 posted on 02/04/2010 11:50:50 AM PST by WVNan (.)
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To: WVNan

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.


18 posted on 02/04/2010 1:15:22 PM PST by goseminoles
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To: WVNan

PS. Do a google image search of kite surfing. You’ll get the idea.


19 posted on 02/04/2010 1:19:24 PM PST by goseminoles
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To: driftdiver

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.


20 posted on 02/04/2010 1:21:31 PM PST by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: goseminoles

Kite Surfing


Parasailing

21 posted on 02/04/2010 1:23:48 PM PST by Ditto (Directions for Clean Government: If they are in, vote them out. Rinse and repeat.)
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To: Ditto; goseminoles

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.


22 posted on 02/04/2010 9:46:02 PM PST by WVNan (.)
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To: WVNan
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. )~:

23 posted on 02/04/2010 10:00:38 PM PST by Ditto (Directions for Clean Government: If they are in, vote them out. Rinse and repeat.)
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To: WVNan

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.


24 posted on 02/04/2010 10:07:15 PM PST by goseminoles
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To: Ditto

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.


25 posted on 02/05/2010 4:59:10 PM PST by WVNan (.)
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To: goseminoles

Not likely that I would ever do either one, even though I did live in Miami for ten years way back in the day.


26 posted on 02/05/2010 5:00:01 PM PST by WVNan (.)
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To: WVNan
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.

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.

27 posted on 02/05/2010 7:03:06 PM PST by Ditto (Directions for Clean Government: If they are in, vote them out. Rinse and repeat.)
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To: Ditto

Thanks dear, I think I will pass. God bless.


28 posted on 02/05/2010 9:19:29 PM PST by WVNan (.)
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