Another paraglider crashes in Oslob town

A 72-YEAR-OLD New Zealand national was hurt after his paraglider crashed in the mountain after losing altitude while flying in Barangay Poblacion, Oslob town, southern Cebu around 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023.

The incident happened less than a year after Oslob’s paragliding activities were suspended due to the death of American paraglider Peter Clifford Humes, 63, an education and safety director of Paraglide Tandem International, on May 15, 2022.

In Sunday’s incident, New Zealander Ronald Anthony Daryl Sharp, 72, sustained a fracture in his left arm after his paraglider crashed.

Sharp, a professional paraglider, was temporarily staying in Barangay Hagdan, Oslob town, at the time of the incident.

Capt. Allen June Hermodo, deputy chief of the Oslob Police Station, told SunStar Cebu that Sharp was flying at a height of 50 meters above the ground when he crashed into the mountain.

Hermodo said the victim lost altitude as the wind slowed down, causing the modified parachute to fall.

“Once the wind slowed down, it (paraglide) can’t fly high. That’s why it landed on the rocky mountain slope. He (Sharp) extended his arm upon landing, causing it to break,” Hermodo added.

Three of Sharp’s companions immediately reported the incident to the police around 3 p.m. on the same day.

Hermodo said they immediately conducted a search and rescue operation together with personnel of the Bureau of Fire Protection, Philippine Coast Guard and the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.

They found Sharp at 7 p.m. that same day.

Hermodo said it took them long to track the location of the victim as they had to walk on a narrow and bushy path before reaching the crash site, which is steep and rocky.

He said they put the victim on a stretcher and lowered him to safety. (GPL / TPT)