I think those kite guys are hooked on to their kites. Not sure if there is a quick release. Still though, another article says he is in critical condition. But if he was crazy enough to go out in those conditions, then he should have thought about the price he might have to pay, which in this case, was a big price.
You'd think that they would not secure themselves to their kites for just such a reason.
FORT LAUDERDALE (CBS4) ―
A CBS4 news crew was on Fort Lauderdale beach at A1A and east Las Olas Boulevard on Monday when a huge gust of wind from Fay blew down the beach and took Kearney by surprise.