Dutch kitesurfer dies in horrific accident in Muizenberg, Cape Town

Dutch kitesurfer dies in horrific accident in Muizenberg, Cape Town

Dutch kitesurfer dies in horrific accident in Muizenberg, Cape Town.

A Dutch kitesurfer’s year came to a sad end on the last day of 2022 when he was caught in the gale-force winds that were battering Cape Town.

The 33-year-old man was kitesurfing close to Sunrise Beach in Muizenberg when strong winds carried him hundreds of meters before stopping him when he ran into a barrier.

Dutch kitesurfer dies in horrific accident in Muizenberg, Cape Town.

The man was transported there by ambulance and admitted in a severe condition, according to Melamed Tokai private hospital, which confirmed to Sunday World that he later died from his injuries.

His equipment was still on him when he was discovered following the collision, and he had many severe head injuries and fractures.

This is seen as a freak mishap in a sport that is typically risk-free or only likely to result in minor wounds and not fatalities.

The projected injury rate was 10.5 per 1,000 hours of kitesurfing, according to study by Dutch kitesurf organization Kitesurfpro that examined injury data from 194 kitesurfers of various skill levels.

The most common injuries were cuts and abrasions (25,4%), followed by bruises (19.8%), joint sprains (17.5%) and muscle injuries (10.2%). The foot and ankle were the most common injury sites (31.8%), followed by the knee (14.1%) and hand and wrist (10.2%). Most injuries occurred during a kitesurf trick and/or jump.

Though the majority of injuries were minor, serious injuries did occur.

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