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Last Updated: Monday, 10 October 2005, 15:17 GMT 16:17 UK
Kite boarder rescued after crash
A kite boarder is recovering in hospital after crashing on a south Wales beach.

The man, 35, from the Bristol area, was airlifted to hospital in Swansea after the accident at Aberavon on Sunday.

Coastguards, who helped with the rescue, said the man was about 20ft in the air when a loss of wind in his sail caused him to fall.

The beach is popular with extreme sport enthusiasts and is used by both kite boarders and kite surfers.

An air ambulance was scrambled around 1540 BST on Sunday and flew the casualty to Morriston Hospital in Swansea. He had a broken arm and there was concern he had back injuries.

A spokesman for the coastguard said prevailing winds made Aberavon popular with kite boarders and surfers and there were a large number present on Sunday afternoon.

They all co-operated quickly and grounded their crafts to allow the air-ambulance to land on the beach.

Beach safety

The coastguard urged those taking part in 'extreme sports' to ensure they had the experience to cope with changing weather conditions.

A spokesman for Morriston Hospital said the injured man was likely to be released from hospital later on Monday.

Kite boarders ride what look like skateboards with oversized wheels which are powered by kites. Kite surfing is similar to windsurfing but uses kites instead of sails.

In April 2004 a 17-year-old kite-surfer from Manchester suffered severe head injuries when he was blown into a wall close to the seafront at Aberavon.

Following that incident Neath Port Talbot Council said it had made efforts to improve safety at the beach.

Russell Ward, head of leisure, said: "Since the unfortunate incident last year, the authority has reviewed the way it develops the seafront.

"A beach user forum has been set up whereby all the different users of the seafront meet and are encouraged to work together to provide a safe yet enjoyable amenity."

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