In De Panne, at the Belgian coast, a kite surfer sustained a severe heel injury when he crashed. The accident was caused by a passing Seaking helicopter that was searching a child. The victim is considering filing a complaint.
The accident happened around 7 p.m. yesterday. 8 kite surfers were surprised by a Seaking rescue helicopter that was flying very low above the ground. One kite surfer was making a big jump at the moment, when his parachute collapsed due to the strong winds caused by the helicopter. He fell a couple of metres down in shallow waters.
The man broke his heel bone and had to be rescued by fellow surfers. His club is considering filing a complaint. “We should also talk about this with the army. I am not saying the helicopter crew made a mistake, but they should be very careful to avoid accidents like this in the future”, says Bram Degrieck, the alderman for Tourism in De Panne.