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A Florida kite surfer Fred Salter died in an unusual accident after a sudden, strong gust of wind threw him more than 120 meters and threw him against a house wall.

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The man – identified on social media as Fred Salter, a 61-year-old cancer survivor – hadn’t even gotten into the water in Fort Lauderdale when the strong wind blew him into the air on Wednesday morning, the Sun Sentinel reported.

“He was windsurfing on the beach and the wind picked up and threw him against the building and he went down,” a witness told 911, WSVN reported. “He’s lying on the floor, unconscious. He is bleeding.”

A surveillance video showed Salter trying to fight for control of the kite, but the wind was too strong and dragged him across the sand before blowing up.

“He was trying to kite in the sea beyond the address here, actually only two doors down, when unexpectedly strong winds came into the area and he couldn’t let go of the kite in time,” Fort Lauderdale Fire According to WSVN, Rescue Battalion chief Stephen Gollan said.

“So we went from relatively calm conditions to extremely dangerous conditions in a short period of time,” he added.

Gollan said Salter was wearing a harness that was securely attached to his apparatus, the Sun Sentinel reported.

Experienced surfers didn’t know why he either didn’t let go of the bar or activated one of two releases that would have freed him from the kite.

“Letting go of the bar solves 90 percent of the problems,” Graham Goodwin, owner of Fort Lauderdale Kitesurfing, which offers lessons, told the newspaper.

Kite surfers venture into the water on a surfboard and use the kite to rise above the waves, which usually come down again within a few seconds.

Goodwin said mutual friends warned Salter of the winds that day before he line up on the beach on Wednesday morning. A weather warning had been issued in Broward County minutes before the accident.

“He could be a little reckless at times,” Goodwin told the Sun Sentinel. “But he was often outside. He was very experienced. ”

Salter was all over the country before hitting the second floor of a private home on North Atlantic Boulevard, Gollan said.

The victim was taken to Broward Health Medical Center, where he died three hours later.

The father, grandfather, and cancer survivor, according to friends, died doing what he loved.

“He loved what he did and [he was] one of the nicest people I’ve ever met and I’m in shock right now,” friend Heather Hentges told WSVN. “I can not believe it. I’m just so sad for him. ”

Friend Mike Bradley told WPLG that Salter had been kite surfing for years and recently batted cancer.

“I always think I should have been there this morning, but I can’t believe it because Freddy was a very intelligent Aquarius,” Bradley told the broadcaster. “And something can happen on the water that quickly. It’s just crazy. “