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Watch Paraglider Pull Emergency Chute With One Second to Spare

You can’t cut it much closer than this and live to tell about it.

If this video doesn’t get your heart pounding, nothing will. Posted on YouTube on Monday, it shows a very, very close call by an acro paraglider.

According to the poster, it was an “acro paragliding trick in strong turbulence” gone wrong. Here’s how the poster describes the incident, which they thankfully survived.

“Left break line got stuck for a moment to break fully. The glider shot to the front and I fell inside.

Next step in paragliding is to use your safety parachute stored in your seat/harness. In aerobatics we even use 2 or 3 extra rescue systems to save ourselves from this kind of situations. But falling into the paraglider and lines made the rescue parachute openings very difficult.

The falling speed increased a lot due to the twisting wing. Very last chance was to manually open the rescue package. Estimated time (before impact) left about 1-2 seconds. This was not the day to die! Thanks!!!

In acro paragliding we face a lot of tries and errors in learning the tricks. With 2-3 rescue parachutes and a lot of height we can safely train this kind of sport. This occasion is quite unlucky and rare. Just to keep in mind. Fly high, land safe 😉”

Sean McCoy


Editorial Director Sean McCoy is a life-long outdoorsman who grew up hunting and fishing central Wisconsin forests and lakes. He joined GearJunkie after a 10-year stint as a newspaperman in the Caribbean, where he learned sailing and wooden-boat repair. Based in GearJunkie’s Denver office, McCoy is an avid trail runner, camper, hunter, angler, mountain biker, skier, and beer tester.


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