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Posted on 09/04/2006 12:34:25 PM PDT by martin_fierro
Paraglider lands in minefield
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JERUSALEM (Reuters) - An Israeli man was stuck in the middle of a minefield near the Syrian border Saturday after crashing his paraglider and severely injuring himself.
The unidentified man took off from a peak in the Golan Heights and drifted east toward the Syrian and Jordanian borders before crashing in the minefield, injuring his legs and breaking several bones, rescue services said.
"He's in the process of being rescued," an army spokesman said.
Paragliding, in which participants jump off tall peaks or cliffs with a parachute strapped to their back, is a popular sport in the Golan, where there are many steep mountains along Israel's northeastern border.
The man's parachute is believed to have malfunctioned.
A man is rescued by an Israeli armed forces helicopter after crashing his paraglider in a minefield near the Syrian border September 2, 2006. (Haim Azulay/Reuters)
BOOM!!! Yep - that would be a serious injury.
That was the safest way to extract him. Not that any extraction out of minefield is safe.
If this was about recreation and sightseeing, I'm thinking it wasn't a bright move.
Would be that more of the Spandex-clad could end up in this fashion.
You could say the poor guy exploded onto the scene...
I am looking for a word...yes, here it is....