Kite Surfer Dies Near Leadbetter Beach

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Update by the edhat staff
April 12, 2022

A medical emergency and water rescue off Leadbetter Beach in Santa Barbara last week resulted in the death of a kitesurfer.

Last Thursday afternoon, Scanner Andrew reported firefighters were responding to a possible drowning off the beach (see below). 

A death notice states that Adam Brown, 61 of Santa Barbara, passed away on April 7th following a kite surfing accident.

Brown reportedly suffered some type of medical emergency while kite surfing and was found unresponsive by a nearby surfer who alerted the closest boat, the whale watching tour boat Condor Express. He was brought on board where CPR and a defibrillator were used in an attempt to resuscitate him.

Brown was transported to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in critical condition where he was later pronounced dead. The official cause of death has not been released.

A paddle-out in honor of Brown is scheduled off Leadbetter Beach on Sunday, April 24, at 1:00 pm. 


Update by the Santa Barbara Fire Department
April 7, 2022

SBFD crews responded this afternoon near Leadbetter beach to assist Harbor Patrol with a kite surfer in distress. 

The surfer was transported to Cottage Hospital.


Reported by Scanner Andrew
3:30 p.m., April 7, 2022

Firefighters are responding to a report of a person possibly drowning in the water off Leadbetter beach.

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bicyclist Apr 12, 2022 06:48 AM
Kite Surfer Dies Near Leadbetter Beach

RIP: "Adam Brown, 61, of Santa Barbara suffered some sort of medical emergency while in the water off Leadbetter Beach Thursday afternoon, according to the Santa Barbara City Fire Department." - per Noozhawk... sad :(

SBSand Apr 07, 2022 04:34 PM
Kite Surfer Dies Near Leadbetter Beach

Yikes, this sounds like an awful experience for all involved! I hope that the swimmer survives but it sure sounds bad from the thread here :(

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