FATAL JUMP: British man dies after hurtling onto rocks while paragliding from 'safe' tourist hotspot

FATAL JUMP: British man dies after hurtling onto rocks while paragliding from 'safe' tourist hotspot
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OLUDENIZ, TURKEY: An elderly British man has died in a spine-chilling paragliding accident at one of the most popular tourist spots in Turkey. Frank Lally, 62, plummeted onto sharp rocks after his single jump with a paraglider in Oludeniz, Turkey, went horrifically wrong on Tuesday, October 4. The incident happened at around 2 am, when Lally, who was keen on adventure sports, launched himself from the tourist hotspot for paragliding, located 6,000 feet above sea level.

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The nightmarish accident was witnessed by several onlookers who immediately called the emergency services team for help. Lally was rushed to Fethiye State Hospital in an ambulance after the Gendarmerie Search and Rescue Battalion Command and the National Medical Rescue Team arrived at the scene to assist in his rescue.

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Shocking images from the scene show paramedics loading the victim onto a stretcher as the witnesses present at the scene try to navigate the ambulance through rough terrain. But tragically the 62-year-old succumbed to his injuries and died despite the best efforts by paramedics and medical experts. However, it is still not clear how Lally’s fun paragliding jump turned into a fatal accident. The Turkish deputies have launched an investigation into the matter to determine the cause of the deadly accident.

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Paraglider flying at Fethiye over Blue lagoon in Oludeniz, Turkey (Getty Images)
Paraglider flying at Fethiye over Blue lagoon in Oludeniz, Turkey (Getty Images)

Babadag Mountain is regarded as one of the best paragliding spots in Europe thanks to its stunning views and ideal conditions. The area is visited by hundreds of tourists every year. The tourist season wraps up at the start of November just as the colder months begin to set in.

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However, this is not the first time when a tourist has died in a paragliding accident at a popular tourist spot. In September 2022, another British man died in a mountainous region of Spain. Emergency service was called to the scene after onlookers spotted the man falling near the Pico Gallinero peak in the Aragonese Pyrenees mountains, close to Spain's border with France, at around 1.30 pm on Thursday, September 2022.

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A police helicopter arrived at the scene with officers from the Greim Mountain Rescue Team, who performed CPR on the 50-year-old man, who sadly died. The Greim Mountain Rescue Team said his death was a result of "severe injuries" from his fall.

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