This is in response to the recent incident where a couple of kiters needed to be rescued by Sullivan's island fire and rescue. The situation: NNE winds, outgoing tide, rain, strong current, cold water and air, couple of inexperienced kiters decide to launch at 28 and if not for rescue would probably be dead.
SELF RESCUE is part of kiting. If you can't swim in then you shouldn't be out there. It's your responsibility to not to place yourself in a position where it's impossible to swim in (1 mile offshore in outgoing current and offshore breeze).
The town of Sullivan's Island already has an issue with kiters, calling out an expensive rescue on a cold rainy winter Sunday is not going to help.
You need to evaluate the conditions before you kite. Kiting in SW in the summer is a lot different than NNE in the winter.
Please evaluate yourself and the conditions, the wind, the current, the temperature, the visibility and the FORECAST before deciding to kite.
Lastly, one of the kiters involved has been rescued 4-5 times in the past few months (mostly by other kiters).
I think I echo the sentiments of many in that I'm not going to be happy deciding to risk my own life for someone who continuously behaves in an irresponsible manner and puts herself in a position where others have to risk their own well being over and over again.,
Smarten up please.