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Police Rescue Kite Sailor From The Sound

Control line to kite snapped, dumping rider into the water.

Police rescued a kite sailor from Long Island Sound Tuesday afternoon after a control line to his kite snapped, and his right foot became tangled in lines that attached the kite to the board.

The man was one of three men kite sailing together off Calf Pasture Beach Park in East Norwalk when the incident occurred.

He declined to provide his name, but a news photographer who had been shooting photos of the three kite sailing earlier in the day said he identified himself then as Charlie Simonds of Fairfield.

The other two men came to shore and one of them flagged down a police car. A police boat with two officers aboard rode out to pick up Simonds and bring him to Norwalk Cover Marina.

Simonds was wearing a wet suit, so he didn't suffer hypothermia and declined medical attention.

Simonds hoped to untangle the lines from his foot, rather than cut them, because they are expensive to replace.

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