Workplace Investigation into Kitesurfing Crash

A WORKPLACE investigation will be conducted into a student kitesurfer sustaining suspected spinal injuries in gusty easterly winds at the Point Walter sand spit about 10am last Thursday.

“The incident involved a commercial operation which is approved by Department of Parks and Wildlife, and the Department of Transport is working closely with DPaW on investigating the incident,” a Department of Transport spokesman said.

The student in her 20s was being taught by an instructor but the Department of Transport would not comment on whether there was a permit for Point Walter.

“It should be noted there are no current restrictions on kite boarding in waters of the Swan Canning Riverpark, or in state waters, and there are no plans to introduce any restrictions in the future,” the spokesman said.

The RAC Rescue helicopter airlifted the woman from the end of the spit to Royal Perth Hospital, where she was released from on the weekend.

Public comment on a Cottesloe proposal to ban kiting and windsurfing at Deane Street, and create an official area at nearby Dutch Inn, is at www.cottesloe.wa.gov.au until March 7.