Kite Surfer Found Dead at Amagansett Beach

A kite surfer was found dead in the waters off Lazy Point in Amagansett on Sunday. David E. Rattray

Update, 6:15 p.m.: East Hampton Town police released the name of the man whose body was discovered at a beach at Lazy Point in Amagansett on Sunday afternoon. 

Nicholas Valtz, a 39-year-old from Brooklyn, died in a kitesurfing accident in Napeague Harbor. Police described him as a novice kite boarder.

Mr. Valtz "was found floating in the water secured to his kite and associate kite gear in a grassy area of the harbor," Capt. Chris Anderson said in a press release.

Family members who went to look for him when he failed to return to a house in Bridgehampton made the discovery, according to Captain Anderson. He had gone out to kite surf earlier that morning. They called 911 at 2:04 p.m.

The Amagansett Fire Department ambulance was called as well, but he was pronounced dead at the scene. The Suffolk County Medical Examiner's office also responded.

Town police detectives are continuing to investigate. Anyone with information has been asked to contact town police at 537-7575. 

Previously, 5:02 p.m.: The body of a man who had been kiteboarding in Napeague Harbor was discovered on a beach at Lazy Point in Amagansett on Sunday afternoon, East Hampton Town Police Chief Michael Sarlo said.

Chief Sarlo said the 38-year-old man's death appeared to be an accident.

Police officers and the Amagansett Fire Department's ambulance were dispatched to the end of Lazy Point Road at 2:12 p.m. They determined the victim was dead by the time they arrived.

Late Sunday afternoon, Chief Sarlo said it was not clear yet how long the man had been in the water.

Town police detectives are in the midst of an investigation. The Suffolk County Medical Examiner's office is responding to the beach. Several members of the man's family were speaking to police on the beach at 5 p.m.

David E. Rattray