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Maritime police crack down on kitesurfers in Formosa, Portugal

August 1, 2008

After several accidents occurring in the estuary this year, Maritime Police have prohibited kitesurfing and windsurfing as a preventative measure, much to the displeasure of the sport enthusiasts.

The high-speed sports have been causing problems to vessels crossing the estuary and many other injuries have occurred due to these adrenaline fuelled sports. Two days before the document prohibiting the sports was issued (July 9th), a woman was almost decapitated and a few weeks prior to that a windsurfer hit a small boat and was taken to Intensive Care at S. José Hospital with serious injuries, where he remains to this day. These are only two examples of the several accidents that have taken place in the Formosa Estuary.

The Maritime Police say they do not object to the creation of “areas to practice these sports as long as safety measures are taken.”

Watching what these guys get up to in this YouTube video by casaisi you might understand the Formosa police might have a point but is this not yet another example of people being told what, where and when to do something? Come on guys – give us a break.

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