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Re: Other dangerous sports news

Postby Rick Masters » Wed Jul 19, 2017 7:38 am

Paragliding July 19, 2017
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This button is reserved for Garth.
His trusty paraglider just tried to kill him.
http://www.mtexpress.com/news/ketchum/crash-near-river-run-injures-paraglider/article_1847ef4a-6c02-11e7-b552-2703897ae40d.html
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Re: Other dangerous sports news

Postby Rick Masters » Fri Jul 21, 2017 9:11 am

PARAGLIDING SLAUGHTER UPDATE    July 15, 2017
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CARSTEN VON BIRCKHAHN, Managing Director of Edelrid Sports
PG fatality #1594

He was a "pioneer" and a "hands-on man", "a mountain enthusiast" and a "gear innovator". He made his vision – making the world safer and simpler for mountain sports enthusiasts – the mission for a whole company. Thanks to his innovative drive, his tireless commitment, his experience and great love for mountain sports, EDELRID is today one of the most successful mountain sports brands on the market.
-- Edelrid Sports
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Re: Other dangerous sports news

Postby Rick Masters » Sun Jul 23, 2017 3:12 am

Paragliding    July 16, 2017
Paraglider finds turbulence in Owens Valley
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The last mission over the weekend was an injured male paraglider on the side of Mt. Tom near Bishop. The victim crashed into the side of the mountain while flying, sustaining serious trauma and multiple broken bones. The CHP H-40 helicopter (already on the Eastside assisting with the Mt. Whitney mission) inserted an Inyo SAR member at the base of Mt. Tom to hike in and provide medical care. However, due to the heat H-40 was unable to fly to the crash site. Late in the afternoon, a Chinook helicopter from the California Army National Guard flew from Stockton, and was able to successfully hoist the victim and the rescuer from the crash location. -- Inyo SAR
Inside the Chinook:     https://i1.wp.com/www.sierrawave.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Mt.TomSAR3.jpg
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Re: Other dangerous sports news

Postby Bob Kuczewski » Sun Jul 23, 2017 10:59 am

Paraglider finds turbulence in Owens Valley


I wonder what he expected to find ... in mid July.
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Re: Other dangerous sports news

Postby Rick Masters » Mon Jul 24, 2017 5:43 am

PARAGLIDING SLAUGHTER UPDATE    July 23, 2017
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PG fatality #1596    Collapse. He hit the ground so hard that his brains came out of his skull despite wearing a helmet.
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Re: Other dangerous sports news

Postby Rick Masters » Tue Jul 25, 2017 4:38 pm

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July 21, 2017: I just had my second accident with major injury. I have been flying for five years. At my first accident I broke my back. No operation, after three months I started flying again. I blame myself 100% for this accident. The second accident was due to flying about 5-7 metres above the trees when sudden strong sink hit me about 4m/s. There were several eye witnesses. This happened on 40 m hill, where you have to fly close to the trees at least after takeoff. Some witnesses say it could have happened to all of us flying there. I broke my pelvis, one rib and my shoulder. Two months now since it happened, I am still in a wheelchair, I will start learning to walk again in two or three weeks. After the first incident there was no doubt in my mind that I would continue flying. This time it is different. Bad luck can always hit you. I know I can live without the flying, I have other hobbies. I am having second thoughts if I am cut out for flying. If I have what it takes. I do sometimes take risks light heartedly, e.g. when I don't want to bomb out. I can change that; I will bomb out more often, that's not so bad. But then maybe the next bad-luck-situation will hit me that I didn't anticipate.

July 21, 2017: A few years back I crashed on my back and was very lucky to get away with a broken rib and a pneumothorax (collapsed lung, due to said rib ripping it a new one...). The accident was my fault: almost no flying for a year and then carelessly assuming that I was still on my best game. I was fiddling with the seat close to the ground when a turbulence hit. With only one hand at the brake, I stalled the glider. Well, I soon flew again, but still not much for a couple of years. Three years ago I decided to fly for real again and did a lot of it these past two seasons. I was confident, I was successfull, I was a better pilot. But then... Stupidity hits again... It was just a little hike&fly with friends last December. Nothing difficult, nothing dangerous. This doesn't need your full attention, does it? Not like, you know, the big summer flights in the Alps? WRONG. Due to inattention and carelessness I crashed into a bloody hard mountain, real bad this time. Internal injuries, several broken ribs, some lightly cracked vertebrae, shattered foot and - worst of all - the spine ripped out of the pelvis. Instead of dying there and then or at least being crippled for the rest of my life, I was lucky like hell one more time. Some hikers immediately got a chopper to lift me to a first class hospital, where they nailed me together again.
Several months of hospital and rehab, wheelchair and crutches followed.

July 21, 2017: Broke my back 5 years ago...
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Re: Other dangerous sports news

Postby Rick Masters » Wed Aug 02, 2017 8:33 am

PARAGLIDING SLAUGHTER UPDATE    July 30, 2017
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VIDEO  https://video.cas.sk/video/480p/2514145_480p.mp4
Another joyriding wreck. Fell 60 feet in collapse.
PG fatality #1600
PG fatality #1601
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Re: Other dangerous sports news

Postby Bob Kuczewski » Wed Aug 02, 2017 10:54 am

Rick Masters wrote:PARAGLIDING SLAUGHTER UPDATE    July 30, 2017
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VIDEO  https://video.cas.sk/video/480p/2514145_480p.mp4
Another joyriding wreck. Fell 60 feet in collapse.
PG fatality #1600
PG fatality #1601

The flight video segments show only smooth air.
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Re: Other dangerous sports news

Postby Rick Masters » Sun Aug 06, 2017 6:59 am

PARAGLIDING SLAUGHTER UPDATE    August 5, 2017
VIDEO:    http://cdn.antenne.re/nas/Chute_1708051900.mp4
PG fatality #1604
A soaring parachutist flies into a power line and is electrocuted.
His friends blame the power company for not removing the line.
But the company explains the power line provides electricity to the South and West of the island.
I wonder where this kind of logic will lead?
Perhaps aircraft with better qualities of penetration would solve the problem.
Nah. Too much trouble.
Watch all flying be banned at this beach.
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Re: Other dangerous sports news

Postby Rick Masters » Sun Aug 13, 2017 1:14 pm

PARAGLIDING SLAUGHTER UPDATE    August 13, 2017
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PG fatality #1,611    Collapse.
At least 69 deaths so far this year in their never-improving blood sport.
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