Saturday, February 17, 2007

Ewa sucked into storm and lives to tell

A German paraglider survived lightning, pounding hail, minus 40-degree temperatures and oxygen deprivation after a storm system sucked her to an altitude higher than Mount Everest.

Ewa Wisnierska, 35, passed out due to a lack of oxygen and flew unconscious for up to an hour covered in ice after reaching an altitude of 9947 metres - near the cruising height of a jumbo jet.

Note to self : steer clear of convective activity. Apparently this occurred at the confluence of two storm cells, which made the up/down draughts particularly violent.

Also - Coop has been up to Manilla and done this sort of stuff - anything you'd like to add?


At 10:10 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Paragliding would have to be one of the best things to do... run towards the edge of the cliff and hope the chute holds. I actually spoke with Godfrey (the owner of Mt. Borah) a couple of days before the accident and he was extremely busy getting ready for the World's. I will try and speak with him after the comp and see what the fallout was. At least it got the comp into all the news services.



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