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Kiteboarder killed at Cheney Lake identified

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August 06, 2012|By Chris Durden | KWCH 12 Eyewitness News

(KINGMAN COUNTY, Kan.) — Authorities have identified the man killed in a kiteboarding accident at Cheney Lake. Investigators say 42 yr. old Bruce Eric Matthews of Wichita died Saturday.

Matthews was kite boarding in strong winds during a camping trip with his family. Eyewitnesses say the wind lifted Matthews up into the air and brought him back down several times. They pulled him out of the water. An off-duty police officer began CPR until paramedics arrived.

When kiteboarding, a person has a small surfboard strapped to their feet, and a harness around their waist that connects them to a kite. The harder the wind blows the higher the kiteboarder can jump, and the faster the rider can go.


A man dies at Cheney Lake while kite boarding. Witnesses tried to help the man but by the time help arrived it was too late.

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