Teen seriously hurt in fall while kite surfing

By Times Staff Writer
Published September 30, 2007


A 16-year-old from Clearwater suffered life-threatening injuries Saturday in a water sport accident at the Dunedin Causeway, authorities said.

Christopher Bryan Kenny was kite surfing about noon when a gust of wind pulled him from the water and into power lines that ran along the north side of the causeway. He fell 20 to 30 feet to the ground, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

Kite surfing, or kite boarding, is a sport in which a person straps his feet onto a surfboard-like platform and uses a large kite to steer across water.

Kenny was conscious after the fall, but appeared disoriented, witnesses said. Paramedics transported him to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa, where he remained Saturday evening.


Man dies after jump from Bayside Bridge

A 27-year-old Pinellas Park man died Saturday after jumping from the Bayside Bridge, Pinellas sheriff's officials said. Dong Van Bui was driving north on the bridge around noon when witnesses said he stopped his car south of the bridge's hump, got out and jumped over the side. Motorists called 911. Rescue crews found Bui and took him to Countryside Mease Hospital, were he was pronounced dead at 2:02 p.m.