Irish man dies in Sea Point paraglider accident

Irish man dies in Sea Point paraglider accident

The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) has confirmed the death of an Irish man at Sea Point in the Western Cape.

Paraglider accident

The 58-year-old man died after two paragliders reportedly collided in the air above the Sea Point promenade.

NSRI spokesperson Craig Lambinon says one of the tandem paragliders landed safely, and neither the pilot nor the passenger sustained any injuries.

"A second tandem paraglider reportedly deployed a reserve parachute and is believed to have landed in the surf approximately (believed to be) 200 to 300 meters off-shore of Sea Point Promenade.

"On arrival on the scene, the adult male pilot of the tandem paraglider (that had reportedly deployed the reserve parachute) was safely on the shore and treated for minor injuries. The tandem passenger, a 58-year-old Irish man, was on the rocks in the water off-shore of the Sea Point Promenade.

"NSRI rescue swimmers and paramedics reached the man, and he was freed from paragliding gear and recovered onto rocks where CPR efforts commenced."

Lambinon adds that despite extensive CPR, the Irish man succumbed to his injuries.

"The man's body was recovered to the shoreline and taken into the care of police and government Health Forensic Pathology Services."

Police are investigating the circumstances leading up to the crash.


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