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helis at 3rd

Postby drroc » Wed Apr 10, 2013 6:35 pm

I see a coast guard heli at 3rd plus an ambulance. Hopefully, nothing too serious.
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Re: helis at 3rd

Postby kitewing » Wed Apr 10, 2013 8:25 pm

They were parked over the lower launch area for quite a while. Can anyone give any insight into what happened? It seemed like a search & rescue operation.
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Re: helis at 3rd

Postby ozchrisb » Wed Apr 10, 2013 8:53 pm

Also heard a call on the Marine radio saying the Coast Guard was rescuing a kiter off Coyote Point. Might be the same thing?
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Re: helis at 3rd

Postby Sonny » Wed Apr 10, 2013 9:41 pm

Kiter lost her kite near the channel, someone called the coast guard for her but she swam/walked in.
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Re: helis at 3rd

Postby Tribaled » Wed Apr 10, 2013 10:24 pm

I happened to stumble upon this young lady in
the channel attempting self rescue that just was not happening.
She finally ejected as the bridge loomed ...
Was happy to give her a ride in - all good , except for her kite .
Funky day out there today .
Sonny , I tried to retrieve the kite but failed multiple times -
need to take a lesson with you at some point .
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Re: helis at 3rd

Postby kitewing » Wed Apr 10, 2013 11:42 pm

Yeah, conditions were not ideal. I got there around 5:30 - gusty and flukey for about 45min, then it stabilized but got really strong. If you were rigged small to begin with you were fine, otherwise not so much...
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Re: helis at 3rd

Postby shred_da_gorge » Fri Apr 12, 2013 10:57 am

All's well that ends well. I'd mentioned to someone on the beach to pass word along and keep eyes open (sorry if it got blown out of proportion). I'm told that the ambulance crew just happened to be there hanging out (SMFD later told me "it was a slow day") and they called the CG. I tried to grab the kite a few times unsuccessfully as well. It must have been Bruce I saw with the surfboard that managed to pull her in to the sandbar. I pulled her a little through a deep spot but was pretty lit at times on my 12m and ended up giving her a few dunkings (sorry!). It helps that this person knew self-rescue and didn't panic; also was willing to let go of the kite, which can be replaced.

One piece of advice I can think of is that the way you use the kite in a self-rescue at 3rd may depend on the wind direction. A NW wind will bring you into shore more, towards last-chance beach or the inner pilings (and it'll tend to be light on the inside). More West or even SSW and the wind is side-offshore (and can be gusty/gnarly inside, like Wednesday), so if the kite catches wind it'll take you straight to the bridge at the channel. I would try to flip the kite upside down and swim it in from on top in this scenario (I say 'try' because it's easy to think this will work while typing on a laptop, harder when the wind is bearing down on you and wind-waves smacking you in the face). Hope this helps!

Other advice - ask people's names and who they're there with. It's easy to think "oh, it's low tide so they can just walk", but you never know what can happen (medical conditions, fitness, dehydration, hypothermia, etc.). In this scenario it was clearly a LONG way in and the wind direction was NOT helping. We have lost an experienced friend here in the water at 3rd... you just never know what can happen.

I also hear that the CG was able to grab the kite from their boat and deliver it. Coast Guard ROCKS!! MJ0_

Outer buoys and inner heating shows a nice setup today...
http://windonthewater.com/link.htm?r=ca ... 585449&z=9
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Re: helis at 3rd

Postby SFPete » Sat Apr 13, 2013 7:13 am

I went under the bridge at 3rd once. Wind was side off down there, or at least the current wouldn't let me get to last chance. Stayed with the kite so it would not shred on the barnacles. Deflated the leading edge and rolled it up but floated on the struts. Kicked off the pilings of both bridges. The railroad bridge was a bitch to avoid. Redwood City was all over it. Cops on the bridge threw me a line to hold me in place. Local police boat came out to pick me up (after I got in they couldn't start it). Local ambulance waiting on shore (seemed like a slow day for them too). I would say they rocked and seemed to have done it before. USCG nowhere to be seen.
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Re: helis at 3rd

Postby adamrod » Sun Apr 14, 2013 9:08 am

wow. seriously? that's not at all what happened to me.

i went through the bridge (yes, you want to have your kite in hand at that point and your lines wrapped up)...

and once i got to the other side, it got nice and shallow and I walked in.

the bay gets pretty shallow on the other side of the san mateo bridge, it's really not that scary. sure, you're in for a long walk, but it's nothing terrible.

ejecting completely from a kite is really something you should do as a last resort. that thing floats, you want to hold on to it.
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