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Kitesurfer killed and several people injured after 'mini-tornado' hits French beach

According to French media, a kitesurfer died after being thrown against a restaurant window at the seafront during a mini-tornado on a beach.

According to reports, the victim was 31 years old when a strong gust of wind caused him to smash into Villers-sur-Mer’s building. It is located about 10km (sixmiles) west of Deauville along the Normandy coast.

Five more people were injured by “projectiles” on Saturday night. They were taken to the hospital after objects were thrown into air.

According to the town hall, around 15 people needed to be temporarily relocated.

Image: Deauville beachgoers running for cover Pic by Samy Bouguern

Villers-sur-Mer posted a video on social media showing walkers and beachgoers seeking refuge in buildings along the coast during the “mini-tornado” described by the mayor.

According to reports, the strong winds sustained for 20-25 minutes on Deauville and Ouistreham’s Cote Fleurie.

Strong winds caused the sand to churn in Deauville as beachgoers fled for safety.

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Francebleu reported that meteorologists did not anticipate the extreme weather phenomenon.

It was “violence unlike we have ever experienced on our coast”, stated Thierry Granturco, mayor of Villers-sur-Mer.

He explained that street furniture and restaurant objects were both taken away with “incredible violence”.

Franceinfo reported that he said that the surfer who died in his accident was a Parisian who had a second home along the Normandy coast.

Mayor Granturco stated that the victim was “thrown from water to the wall at a restaurant where he later died”.


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