Russian hurt in paraglider crash
A Russian tourist paragliding at the Arambol-Keri beach stretch was rescued by a lifeguard after the operator lost control and the paraglider crashed into the rocky hillside and slid into the shallow waters below on Wednesday.
This is the second such incident reported in this area (Arambol-Keri plateau) during this tourist season, sources informed TOI.
Lifeguards said the Russian woman Albina Poccus, 25, was paragliding off the hillside between Keri and Arambol. After a while, operator Pawan Kumar, 35, of Himachal Pradesh lost control of the paraglider and they both crashed into the rocky hillside and slid into the shallow waters below. This was observed by the woman's friend, Miranchuk, also from Russia, who alerted the lifeguard stationed nearby, Dattaguru Korgaonkar.
He rushed to the spot and noticed that the tourist suffered a possible spinal injury and the operator had suffered a fracture to his right leg besides other injuries. Lifeguards administered first aid to both victims, secured them on spineboards and shifted them by 108 ambulance for further treatment. Last month, a Russian woman suffered major injuries in a similar accident. She was rescued by police and lifeguards stationed on the beach, said sources. [TOI]