British tourist plunges 200ft to his death after slipping from paragliding harness

January 6, 2009

accident, Negligence, Uncategorized

Paragliders

A British man plunged to his death in a paragliding accident in Argentina when he slipped loose from his harness. David Mather, 28, plummeted 230ft to the ground after he became detached from his instructor as his brother and best friend looked on. Witnesses said Mr Mather began screaming almost as soon as the paraglider was launched and saw his instructor trying to hold on to him. Mr Mather’s body was found in a garden at the foot of a hill close to where his brother and best friend had watched him take off. He died instantly.

Gareth, 29, said it was clear immediately when the pair took off that something was wrong. He said: ‘People were shouting that he wasn’t hooked up properly. You could see him slipping from the harness and the instructor reaching down trying to grab him. Mr Mather’s best friend Nikesh Patel had done the same flight safely just minutes before. But he revealed afterwards: ‘The instructor told me he didn’t have much experience.’

Mr Mather’s heartbroken girlfriend, Lydia Brown, and parents, Ian and Ceri, arrived in Salta at the weekend. His family are accusing the firm which runs these flights  –  where the passenger glides through the air attached to a parachute at up to 34mph  –  of negligence.

Source: Daily Mail – http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1106238/British-tourist-plunges-200ft-death-slipping-paragliding-harness.html

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