Game Wardens investigate SPI drowning

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SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — A kiteboarder drowned in the Laguna Madre area Wednesday, authorities said.

According to a statement from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas Game Warden personnel were contacted Wednesday afternoon to investigate a kite surfing accident on South Padre Island.

The victim was 74-year-old Helmut Windzio, from Westfield, Massachusetts, authorities said.

According to the statement, the investigation is still ongoing and no further information was available as of Thursday.