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Paraglider left dangling from edge of crane

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Paraglider left dangling from edge of crane
FF Hollersbach
09:10 CEST+02:00
A paraglider trying to land ended up being rescued by fire services in Austria after being left dangling 30 metres off the ground on the edge of a crane.

The 21-year-old had been paragliding in the region of Hollersbach in the state of Salzburg at the weekend when he lost control and started tumbling towards the earth.

Luckily for him, his paragliding sail got caught on a crane at a construction site. He was left dangling there for some time and was only rescued after passers-by heard his cries for help.

“The man can be happy that he stayed hanging on the crane. If he was to fall to the ground, the outcome would definitely have been worse,” said vice-commander of the Hollersbach fire service Andreas Kaltenhauser.

Kaltenhauser confirmed that man received no injuries but was “shocked” by the incident.

Paraglider dies in Austria

Meanwhile a German paraglider died in Austria on Monday afternoon after getting caught up in a thermal air pocket and crashing 100 metres to the ground in the district of Villach.

Witnesses say immediately after he took to the air his paraglide malfunctioned, sending the him into a spin and causing him to fall. Paramedics were called out but he died from his injuries at the scene.

 

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