Dorset

Poole kite surfer accident: Man blown into Shore Road beach building

Lifeguards attend injured kite surfer
Image caption The man fell on to some railings after being blown into a building on the promenade

A kite surfer was seriously injured when he was blown across a Dorset beach and into a building.

The man in his 30s came out of water at Shore Road beach, Poole, when a gust of wind caught his kite and dragged him 30m (100ft) to the promenade.

He hit a beach information sign, was lifted 3m and slammed into a building before falling on to railings and bins, witnesses said.

The man was airlifted to hospital following the incident on Sunday.

The RNLI described the incident, which happened at about 12:20 BST, as a "major rescue".

'Quick response'

Lifeguards found members of the public trying to help the man, who was unconscious but breathing.

They administered oxygen until a South Western Ambulance crew took over.

An ambulance spokesman said the man had a potentially "life-changing head injury".

A Coastguard helicopter landed on the beach and took the man to Southampton General Hospital.

Staff officer Peter Dawes said the lifeguards had responded quickly and provided the casualty "with the best possible care".

"We hope the gentleman makes a full recovery," he added.

There was a large volume of kite surfers in the sea at the time, the RNLI said.

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