A British man dies when a paraglider crashes in a Portuguese area
- The anonymous Brit was discovered last night after having suffered a cardiac arrest.
- He was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident in the countryside north of Lisbon.
A Briton has died in a paragliding accident in Portugal.
Emergency services, including firefighters, launched a search after a 999 call from a local saying a paraglider had crashed to the ground near a beautiful spot north of Lisbon.
The crash victim is said to have already gone into cardiac arrest when he was discovered in a ‘difficult to reach’ area.
He was assisted by medical experts but died on the spot.
It comes just days after former Scottish rugby international Greig Oliver was killed in a tragic paragliding accident in South Africa earlier this week.
British man dies in a paragliding accident in Portugal
The anonymous man suffered his accident in an area known as Vale Bom in the municipality of Cadaval.
It’s near the Montejunto Mountains, an hour north of Lisbon, a nature-lover’s paradise dotted with windmills and sleepy villages that’s also a well-known wine region.
The alarm was given yesterday shortly before 9:00 p.m.
It was not immediately clear this morning if the Briton was living in Portugal or on holiday.
An unconfirmed report said that he was practicing powered paragliding, also known as paramotoring, where the pilot uses a backpack motor that provides enough thrust to take off with a paraglider.
This morning the cause of the accident was being investigated.
Paragliding is one of the activities listed as “things to do” on local travel websites, along with hiking, mountaineering and horse riding.
Meanwhile, inquiries continue into the death of former Scottish rugby player Greig Oliver, who is believed to have drowned after splashing in the rough waters off Cape Town after colliding with another paraglider earlier this week.
Rescue swimmers and paramedics at Rocklands Beach, Cape Town, who recovered the body of former Scottish scrum half Greig Oliver, 58.
Munster rugby coach and former Scotland international Greig Oliver, 58, (pictured) died after a paragliding accident
The 58-year-old, an elite performance official at Irish rugby club Munster, was reportedly “crushed against the rocks” after being swept from the sea following the freak mid-air collision.
Greig, in South Africa to support his son Jack and the Ireland team during the Rugby Under-20 World Championship, was a passenger on a tandem flight overlooking the Cape Town coastline.
Two two-seater pilots collided in the air over Sea Point Promenade, a popular tourist area.
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