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Tourist, pilot hurt in Ranau paragliding mishap
Published on: Saturday, January 18, 2020
By: Clarence Dol
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The victim, a tourist from China broke her thigh following the incident. Inset: Ridwan
RANAU: A female tourist from China and a local paragliding pilot cheated death when their contraption gave way, resulting in them free falling for 15 metres, Friday afternoon. 

Zhau Ting 28, and pilot Yusof Bin Mamat 48 were paragliding in tandem when unusual wind movement caused their paraglide to get twisted in the 2.15pm incident at the Ranau Paragliding area near the Sports Complex. Fortunately, both crashed into a bush which broke the impact of their fall. Zhau suffered a broken right thigh while Yusof sprained his right leg.

Ranau Fire And Rescue Chef, Ridwan Mohd Taib said his department was alerted by another paraglider at about 2.24pm and rushed a fire engine and an EMRS vehicle to the scene along with six personnel led by Senior Officer II Wasli Bin Saupin.

“When we reached the location, we found the two victims in excruciating pain. Both were given emergency treatment by our EMRS unit before being hauled on stretchers for four kilometres to the main road using a 4x4 double cab,” he said.

Ridwan said both victims were rushed to the Ranau Hospital on the EMRS vehicle and an ambulance for further treatment.



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