Friend pays tribute to ‘brilliant’ kite-surfer, husband and dad who died in St Osyth
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A close friend of a kite-surfer Mark Paxton, who died in St Osyth on Sunday, has paid tribute to the father-of-one.
Mr Paxton, who was in his 40s, died despite an hour-long battle to save his life after he collided with a sea wall at a beach in Point Clear. He leaves behind his wife and son.
Tony McSpadden, who was with Mr Paxton at the time, described his friend as a “brilliant kite-surfer.”
“He was a very good friend and this is an awful time for everyone. He was only in his 40s,” said Mr McSpadden.
“Mark was a very experienced, brilliant kite-surfer. The right equipment was used and it really was just a very unfortunate accident.
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“He had enjoyed the sport for many, many years – I personally have been surfing since 2002.”
At the time, the East of England Ambulance service said Mr Paxton had suffered “traumatic injuries.”
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“The patient was conscious and breathing, but sadly his condition deteriorated and he went into cardiac arrest and went unconscious and wasn’t breathing,” said a spokesman, who said he could not be resuscitated.
A rapid response vehicle, road ambulance and air ambulance were all sent to Ray Creek, a stretch of beach that sits between Lee-over-Sands and Point Clear.
Crews were joined by the Clacton RNLI, as well as Walton and Clacton Coastguards.
David Ursell, a senior instructor, runs the Clacton based PUSH kite-surfing school.
“It was an unfortunate and very rare accident,” he said. “The whole kite-surfing community is going to be reeling from this news.”
“Even people who don’t know him are quite upset today. It’s a sport where you can be extremely safe and it’s only on rare occasions like this that something might happen.”
Tributes to the kite-surfer were posted to Kiteboarder, a forum for fans of the water sport. One user, Anthony Langden, described Mr Paxton as “a nice guy with a great passion for kiting.”