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Kite-boarder takes unplanned flight

August 19, 2008 | 10:08 am

Just as one should never turn one’s back on the ocean, one should never take fierce winds for granted. You may have seen the video already, but if not, here is a clip showing a Miami kite-boarder getting swept into the air by gusts generated by tropical storm Fay and slammed first into the sand, and then into a building.

He was hospitalized with serious injuries. Is there a lesson to be learned here?

—Pete Thomas


Photo: Pedestrians run across U.S. Highway 1 as Tropical Storm Fay pelts Key West, Fla. Fay did not become a hurricane, as feared. Credit: Associated Press