Kitesurfer killed as ‘mini tornado’ smashes him against seaside restaurant window in France


June 19, 2022, 4:36 PM

One person died and several others were injured.

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A kitesurfer has died after a bizarre ‘mini tornado’ picked him up and threw him into a restaurant window on a beach in France.

The surfer, 31, died instantly after the gust hit a beach in Villers-sur-Mer in Normandy, France.

Five other people were injured after the incident on the beach yesterday. Local media described the flurry as a “mini tornado” that sent hundreds of bathers running for safety.

Local mayor Thierry Granturco told Franceinfo: “It blew more and more violently and it ended in a mini tornado.

“We had communication with Météo France who informed us that they had not been able to anticipate this kind of mini tornado.

“We knew we were going to have strong winds, they were announced at the very end of the evening, even in the night, but we didn’t think they would be so violent and at 8:30 p.m..”

He posted on Facebook after the incident: “My thoughts are first with the devastated family of the deceased, whom we escorted and housed urgently as they were psychologically unable to return home.

“Family of secondary residents, I have been present in Villers for two generations and I very sincerely share their pain.

“My thoughts then go to the injured, hospitalized, and their families, some of whom had also been housed in emergency from the Paris region.

“And finally they address all those people who are taken care of by the psychiatric cell for having witnessed a particularly violent death.

“I want to thank our firefighters across the country for treating the injured and supporting our people, supported by our police, including their Marine Security Platoon.

“Thank you also to the civil security services whose intervention was invaluable.

“But I would also like to thank the city services for their responsiveness, their availability and their commitment.”


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