Paraglider lands a second lucky escape

By MIKARLA THURECHT

A PARAGLIDER is lucky to be alive after plummeting 100 metres to the ground in his second mishap in three weeks.

While authorities could not release the man's name for privacy reasons, Yeppoon Queensland Ambulance Service officer-incharge Warren Kellett confirmed it was the same man who had been snagged on a light pole on October 30.

The paraglider had been attempting to land at about 10.30am on October 30 when he became caught on the pole on Farnborough Road, Yeppoon.

It had taken emergency crews about an hour to free the entangled man.

The paraglider did not escape injury this time around.

He broke both his legs in the accident, which occured about 11.45am on Saturday.

Yeppoon Sergeant Neil Shillington said the man had landed in thick bush near Yeppoon, which had broken most of his fall.

Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service crew officer Mike Dekker said the man had jumped from a hill north of Yeppoon.

He said it appeared the man's parachute canopy had partially collapsed at about 100 metres, seeing him spiral to the ground.

The man was flown to Rockhampton Hospital where he was in a stable condition yesterday.



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