Inclement weather: French paraglider injured in Ghizer Valley

Published: July 16, 2012
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Paragliding is an essential part of the three-day event performed during the Shandur Polo Festival that is played annually between Chitral and Gilgit.

Paragliding is an essential part of the three-day event performed during the Shandur Polo Festival that is played annually between Chitral and Gilgit.

GILGIT: A French paraglider was injured after making a crash landing in a remote valley of Gilgit-Baltistan due to inclement weather on Sunday.

The 29-year-old Daniel Gravier was flying towards Gilgit from Shandur when he made a crash landing in Gimsing Nullah in Ghizer District, one of the rescuers, Yaqoob Tai, told The Express Tribune via telephone.

He said the paraglider had fallen on a rocky area and was unable to move. He was jointly rescued by the police, local volunteers, and official of the Aga Khan Hospital, Tai added.

Gravier was shifted to the District Headquarters (DHQ) Hospital in Gilgit where his condition is stated to be stable.

Dr Shah Zaman of the DHQ hospital said that Gravier’s right ankle and hip joint has been dislocated and fractured.

Gravier had earlier performed during the Shandur Polo Festival that is played annually between Chitral and Gilgit. Paragliding is an essential part of the three-day event.

Later, Assistant commissioner Usman Ahmed informed that the injured paraglider has been shifted to a local hotel from where he will be flown to Islamabad.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 16th, 2012.

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