A PARAGLIDER is fortunate to be alive after BOTH his parachutes did not open in an aerial stunt gone improper.
Kevin Philipp plummeted from about 2,600ft over the Pyrenees in Catalonia, Spain, and narrowly escaped dying – capturing the entire terrifying fall in a stunning video.
After making an attempt a sophisticated “acro-paragliding” trick mid-air, the 34-year-old grew to become tangled in his personal strains and could not open his security chute.
He hurtled down in direction of the mountaintops at a break-neck velocity.
Miraculously, Kevin managed to drag in his rescue bundle and rip out the rescue chute manually – saving his personal life with not a second to spare.
Horrifying footage from his helmet cam exhibits the stuntman’s fast considering as he was in freefall.
The chute may be seen ultimately opening to barely gradual his velocity earlier than Philipps slammed right into a tree.
Posting the alarming video on his YouTube channel on August 1, the Swiss paraglider advised how “sturdy turbulance” tangled his strains.
Within the caption he wrote: “The falling velocity elevated so much because of the twisting wing. Final probability was to manually open the rescue bundle.
“Estimated time (earlier than impression) left about 1-2 seconds. This was not the day to die!”
He added: “This event is sort of unfortunate and uncommon. Simply to bear in mind. Fly excessive, land secure.”
Talking later concerning the petrifying fall, Philipps advised The Occasions he considered his mom in what he thought had been his final moments.
The skilled paraglider mentioned he regretted that she’d by no means seen him carry out.
Earlier than hitting the bottom, Philipps mentioned: “I assumed ‘I don’t wish to truly die like this’, so I actually put every little thing collectively to attempt to make it work.”
He added: “The one resolution was to drag [the rescue parachute] out of the pack. I needed to open it with my naked fingers, which is tremendous uncommon.”
However the near-death expertise hasn’t scared the Nationwide Report holder off the acute sport.
Because the scare he is posted extra movies of him hovering by means of the air as he prepares for the Swiss championships in two weeks’ time.
“I’ll fly extra conscious,” he mentioned. “And I hope issues will keep a bit safer.”
Philipp’s scare follows one other life-saving transfer by a paraglider in June, additionally captured in a chilling video.
Yanis Teriz, 35, plummeted 2,500ft after the wing on his paramotor malfunctioned however managed to untangle his parachute with moments to spare.
The daredevil thrill-seeker was paramotoring – powered paragliding – in Itatiba, Brazil, when a tear in his wing induced him to spin uncontrolled.
Dramatic footage exhibits the malfunction sends him hurtling in direction of the earth.
But some related tales inform a tragic story, as not each paraglider may be so fortunate.
Daredevil pilot Marcelo Nunes Rodrigues is alleged have burned to dying when his plane spiralled to the bottom in Aparecida de Goiania, Brazil, two months in the past.
Firefighters rushed to the scene however had been unable to revive the 52-year-old paraglider, who was discovered lifeless in a area.
Rodrigues’ ultimate moments had been recorded in grim video footage.