German paraglider crashes in Cape Town

2012-02-28 09:15

Cape Town - A German tourist was seriously injured when his paraglider folded and he crashed near Camps Bay, Cape Town, according to a report on Tuesday.

The Cape Times reported that the tourist, known only as Mr Ulrich, had taken off on his second flight of the day from Lion's Head on Monday.

Birdmen Paragliding owner Barry Pedersen told the newspaper that by the time he opened his parachute it was too late as he was near the ground.

He crash-landed at Maiden's Cove, near Camps Bay, injuring his leg.

"He has been paragliding for years, but this was his first time piloting in South Africa. It was an isolated accident... usually turbulent air can cause something like this," Pedersen said.

The tourist was in a stable condition in hospital.

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  • Stan - 2012-02-28 09:48

    these tourists and their crashing tendencies...

  • Daniel - 2012-02-28 09:52

    Hey... why not introduce him to some cute fluffy seals

      Fussed - 2012-02-28 10:25

      These High flying Germans still dont understand SA traffic

  • Candice - 2012-02-28 10:10

    Is 'injuring his' leg 'seriously injured?'

      Schmee - 2012-02-28 12:50


  • Reg - 2012-02-28 10:21

    I hope that he makes a quick recovery. @Darren it is actually our fault, that so many Europeans have accidents flying in our skys. Our conditions are different and potentially less forgiving than the ones to which they are accustomed. We should be making more effort to educate and ensure the safety of our international guests. @Candice yes it is a serious injury, we don't know the extents of his injury, he may not walk normally again, and it could have been far worse - he could quite easily be dead. And serious because he was here on holiday having a good time in our beautiful country, and now all that is wrecked for him and his family. And further serious because the more paragliding tourists that get injured here, the less likely they are to come here on holiday and we all know how significant tourism is to the Western Cape.

  • Gareth - 2012-02-28 10:31

    Hectic Accident! It happened ages agio and his leg is still being injured! WOW! Maybe the emergency services left it behind and it's b eing chewed on by Dassies... Or mountain goats!

  • elweevandermerwe - 2012-02-28 10:38

    Paraglider or parachute? Folded or opened too late. This article contradicts itself or do I miss something here?

  • elweevandermerwe - 2012-02-28 10:39

    Paraglider or parachute? Folded or opened too late? This article contradicts itself or do I miss something?

      Mark - 2012-02-28 10:51

      You missed something. Para-gliders wear parachutes as a safety feature.

      Jaco - 2012-02-28 10:54

      Don’t the paragliders carry parachutes? I think the paraglider failed after which he had to use his parachute, which opened too late.

  • Makatikamusona - 2012-02-28 12:05

    Does this mean SA is doing very well as a tourists destination country, or we just happen to be accommodating the dumb one.

      Heiku - 2012-02-28 14:33

      I believe you will find what you seek in the title of the article that you are commenting on. I wish you luck on this en devour, good sir.

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