Friday, November 30, 2018

Hero Paraglider Dies Saving Tourist’s Life After Parachute Cord Snaps Mid-Air

A tragic accident in West Bengal would have led to the death of an adventurous tourist if not for the heroic and timely actions of 22-year-old pilot Purushottam Timsina.

Gaurav Chaudhary from Patna was visiting Kalimpong with his friends. On 24 November 2018, he enrolled for a paragliding session. What should have been a wonderful memory turned into a tragedy.

When the flight took off from Deolo Tourist Lodge, initially, everything seemed just fine. Purushottam and Gaurav were enjoying the peaceful flight when something went terribly wrong.

Just seconds after the flight took off, a cord snapped, sending the paragliders into a wild spiral.

Gaurav was capturing the flight in a video, and you can see how Purushottam instinctively held on to Gaurav right when the cord snapped. The parachute was spinning downward uncontrollably, and in such a situation, anyone would have lost their practical senses.

But not the pilot.

He held on to Gaurav tightly even as the duo hit the ground hard.

He even did his best in controlling the parachute with the other cord.

The fall could have gone either way, and none could have presumed how it would have ended.

But Purushottam’s presence of mind shows him holding on to the tourist.

It is presumed that this saved Gaurav’s life.

Purushottam succumbed to his injuries after the disastrous fall, while Gaurav managed to escape with a broken leg.
30/11/18 Tanvi Patel/Better India

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