Accidents are never fun, but if the accident happens while playing an extreme sport, it can be fatal.
Today I want to present you this compilation of paragliding accidents, not to prevent you from practicing this sport, but so that you become aware and always take even the slightest precaution. While extreme sports can be an injection of emotion and adrenaline, they can also be a lethal injection.
Unfortunately when practicing extreme sports, accidents can occur, so it is our responsibility as pilots to know how to act correctly to help or help in case of witnessing a paragliding accident.
In most cases, these accidents occur due to the inexperience or poor training of the pilot, the bad weather conditions or the use of inadequate materials, normally paragliding of a higher category than the experience of the pilot that flies them. The apparent ease of handling of the gliders and the speed with which they learn to handle them make some people despise the danger.
On other occasions, expert pilots are those who suffer accidents, when flying in difficult conditions or places, when trying to fly away or in competitions. However, this time we will not go into detail about why and how these accidents occur, but we will tell you how to act in case of witnessing an accident.
The first thing you must do is to protect yourself, in this way, you will avoid a major accident and you will be able to act. If you see a pilot fall into an abrupt area, with rotors and turbulence, it may not be a good idea to try to land at his side, because that situation would seriously jeopardize your physical integrity. The advisable thing is to land in a more remote but safe place.
Once you find yourself safe, it is important to protect the person who suffered the accident. It is important to separate it from the paraglider, to prevent the wind from threatening to inflate it again and drag the pilot; in this case, you have to release the wing or the parachute first of all, to avoid something worse.
Keep calm and call emergency services. The mobile is an incredibly useful instrument for mountain rescues. This number works even if you do not have coverage or do not have a balance. Although the professionals on the other side of the phone know what to ask you, you will help more if you keep calm and give them clear and concrete information.
While you await the arrival of emergency services, you must help the injured. Maybe you think you have no knowledge to do it, but I assure you that your basic instincts will help you to react properly. It is very important to immobilize the injured person, not to move him / her from the position in which he / she is, or to move him / her as little as necessary, just to make him / her more comfortable.
This is very important!! You have already notified the emergency services and you are there accompanying the injured person until they arrive. You do not have to do anything else. If there is a very serious injury, you can make a tourniquet with the clothes … but if you do not know what to do, do not do anything, just make company to the injured person while help arrives.
In any case, remember, if you fly in normal conditions, with a team according to your level, and respect the basic rules, the chances of you suffering an accident flying in paragliding are quite low.