Girlfriend reveals battle to save ‘soul mate’ kitesurfer in beach tragedy

Girlfriend reveals battle to save ‘soul mate’ kitesurfer in beach tragedy

February 11, 2019

The girlfriend of a kitesurfer who died after getting into difficulty on the waves tried desperately to save him, she has revealed in an emotional post.

Heartbroken Cheylee Howson wrote on Facebook how she "did everything I could to pull (Ben Witts) out of the water and help him before the paramedics arrived."

Ben was an experienced kitesurfing instructor who ran the North Devon Kitesurfing school based at Saunton beach.

Ambulance paramedics, coastguards and the Devon Air Ambulance were called to Saunton Beach around 11am on Saturday, reports Devon Live.

Mr Witts was airlifted to North Devon District Hospital but police confirmed he subsequently died.

Paying tribute to her ‘soul mate’, Cheylee wrote on Facebook: "I did everything I could to pull him out of the water and help him before the paramedics arrived.

"Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, to the amazing people on Saunton beach who rushed to help me.

"Ben, I love you so very much and miss you even more.

"You were everything I’ve ever dreamed of and what we had was incredible.

"Nothing will ever be the same without you here. I miss your cheeky smile and the way you said ‘I love you’ to me and knowing I’m never going to be in your arms again hurts like nothing I can explain."

West kiteboarding wrote: "As some of you may already know Ben Witts, owner and instructor of North Devon kitesurfing school, WhatSUP instructor and past WEST team rider sadly died yesterday at Saunton Beach.

"Our thoughts are with his family. He was a well known member of the North Devon kitesurfing community and he will be sadly missed."

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