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Paraglider Catches Power Lines

Man was trapped for three hours before rescuers freed him

(Newser) - A paraglider spent three hours trapped in power lines before being rescued in northern California. The paraglider, who was not immediately identified, was facing the ground with the wires as his only support when first responders arrived Wednesday night, said officials with the Olivehurst Fire Department. Olivehurst is about 40... More »

YouTube's 'King of Random' Dead at 38

Jonathan Grant Thompson, known for wacky science experiments, dies in paragliding accident

(Newser) - Known for his "mad science" experiments on a YouTube channel with more than 11 million subscribers, Jonathan Grant Thompson was a sort of online "combination of Bear Grylls and MacGyver," per the Washington Post . Fans are now mourning the YouTube star known as "the King of... More »

Scotland Busts Paragliding Trump Protester

Yes, it turns out this is a violation of a no-fly zone over Trump's golf course

(Newser) - President Trump's visit to the United Kingdom has attracted no small amount of protest or controversy, but one of the more innovative protesters has been arrested for his trouble, reports the Sun . The unnamed 55-year-old Greenpeace protester paraglided over Trump's Turnberry resort Friday evening as the US president... More »

Paraglider Dies in Fall as Daughter Watches

She was in tandem flight with him when he fell out of harness

(Newser) - A veteran paraglider taking his teen daughter on a tandem flight fell to his death, but she managed to survive the crash landing that followed. Other paragliders say that 60-year-old Ron Faoro, a veterinarian in Santa Barbara, apparently forgot to strap his legs into the harness before setting off for... More »

Paraglider Charged With Harassing Owl

Former TV pitchman in Utah allegedly kicked one

(Newser) - A paraglider accused of chasing and kicking a barn owl is looking at possible jail time and six-figure fines as a result, reports the Salt Lake Tribune . The accused, Dell Schanze, was allegedly featured in a since-deleted YouTube video showing off his owl-harassing ways. Federal wildlife officials weren't amused,... More »

Woman Sets Paragliding Record ... at Age 101

She decided to do it because her 75-year-old son did

(Newser) - A 101-year-old Utah woman who ushered in her birthday with a tandem paraglide ride last year will soar into the record books today. Great-great-grandmother Mary Hardison has been officially recognized as the "Oldest Female to Paraglide Tandem" by Guinness World Records. She has supplanted a 100-year-old woman from Cyprus... More »

Himalayan Vulture Brings Down Paraglider

Man—and bird—survive collision

(Newser) - A bird of prey nearly made a Russian paraglider's first flight over the Himalayas his last one. Video from a helmet camera captured the moment when two Himalayan griffon vultures swooped on the Russian. One of them became entangled in the flier's parachute. Luckily, the 24-year-old paraglider was... More »

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