Kite surfers overwhelmed by wind at Aurora Reservoir

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Aurora Reservoir

AURORA, Colo. – Strong wind gusts toppled several kite surfers at Aurora Reservoir Monday afternoon, prompting a frantic, but ultimately successful rescue effort.

Aurora Fire crews responded to the reservoir at about 6:30 p.m. after receiving reports from park rangers that 6 to 12 kite surfers had fallen into the frigid water.

According to Aurora Fire Captain Allen Robnett, a group of seven kite surfers, each wearing a wet suit, were jostled by winds of 50 miles and hour, scattering them across the reservoir.

Over the course of an hour and a half, all seven made it to shore safely. Some required assistance, but none were hospitalized, said Robnett.

Authorities attribute the positive outcome to the fact they were wearing wet suits, flotation devices and helmets.