Kite Surfer Rescued After Pulled From Tuckerman's Reef to Cliff Walk

A kite surfer was rescued after he lost control. Officials and local experts urge extreme cation.


The Coast Guard rescued a kite surfer Sunday afternoon, after he was pulled from Tuckerman's Reef to Cliff Walk.  Officials say the victim is lucky that he did not sustain injuries.

Marc Sacco first spotted the victim as he was walking down Cliff Walk with his family.

"We noticed what appeared to be a kite or sail floating towards to the Cliff Walk just off the end of Webster Street" said Sacco.

He reported that his daughter along with another witness saw and signaled the victim.

"We saw him wave back at us and initiated 911," Sacco said. "My daughter kept a constant eye on his location while I was still on the phone with the Coast Guard."

With the storm swell and 12-foot surf, hurricane sports can be extremely dangerous, said the department.  Although the Middletown Fire Department's jet ski was on-scene, it was determined to be too dangerous to take into the water. 

"It just takes a second to get overwhelmed out there," said a member of the department. 

Middletown surfer Ken Lacey said it's a difficult tack on Sunday with northeast wind.  "It pulls you out to sea," he said. A south wind can pull you back to beach.

"They live for this stuff, but the problem is if you don't know what you are doing, it can be deadly," said Lacey.

Middletown Fire Chief Ronald Doire urges people to stay out of the water during the storm. 

Daniel Fortworth October 30, 2012 at 01:17 PM
It's a good thing we spent all that tax money on buying the MFD a jet ski. Ummmmm, maybe not. Our money would be better spent on funding the coast gurad. They're the real heros...and they dont ask for overtime.
Daniel Fortworth October 30, 2012 at 04:26 PM
If you ever need to be rescued with a jet ski, Dont call the MFD, call the local boys who own jet skis. They know how to operate jet skis in dangerous surf.
Friends of Middletown Fire Station November 01, 2012 at 01:05 AM
When MFD arrived on scene they had a direct report (from another kite surfer) that the kite surfer had got out of the water on his own and was OK. Fire officials remained on scene and had a rescue and the jet ski stay on scene until it could be confirmed. While attempting to verify the report (which was inaccurate)The Newport fire department sighted the person in the water near cliff walk. The coast guard boat that responded was just off ruggles at the time and was guided to the victim so that the jet ski did not need to launch. MFD has rescued more than 3 people in the waters off Middletown since it was put in service.
larry kelly November 01, 2012 at 01:21 AM
Dan Are you kidding or just ignorant. I have personally witness two occasions when the fire department went out to save someone with the jet ski. And they did a fine job. As for the coast guard (not gurad) yes the are the heros of the day for saving an idiot from killing himself and putting others in danger to save him.
B November 01, 2012 at 07:38 PM
Mr. Fortworth, before you come on a public bulletin board libeling such a dedicated group of individuals perhaps you should get your facts straight. I know for a fact those professional firefighters were chomping at the bit to make that save. And to say they are/were not prepared to make that save is an ABSOLUTE LIE! The reason they have a jet ski and make as many saves as the do is because of absent minded individuals like yourself who THINK "they know how to operate in dangerous surf". Had they just stayed on shore as requested by public safety officials none of these "hero's" would have to had been put into harms way. Kudo's to the coast guard, and MFD and NFD for their participation.


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