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Skater Killed by Gale Force Winds
October 2002 - Wenduine, Belgium
On October 27, 2002, a 13 year old boy was killed in
the Belgian coastal town of Wenduine when he was blown
into the mechanism of some construction machinery by gale force winds.
The winds were part of one of the most severe storms
ever recorded on the Belgian coast, with wind speeds
of more than 130 kilometers per hour. 25 people died during
this storm that swept across Europe, including this 13
year old skater in Belgium.
The Flanders Coast Before the October 2002 Storm
The boy was on a holiday in
Wenduine, a seaside resort about
about 15 kilometers from the international ferry port of Ostend,
where the world inline
speed skating championships were held in 2002.
What Happened That Day
A storm was causing record-breaking winds that day,
and the local police asked everyone to stay indoors,
but the the boy went outside anyway to skate in the wind.
He could not control his skates
because he picked up too much speed in the high winds.
He crashed into the handle of a large construction trash container
and activated the mechanism. Unfortunately his 10 year
old sister was with him and witnessed the accident.
She alerted their parents, who took the boy to a hospital in
Blankenberge where he later died.
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