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British paraglider dies after chute collapses

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British paraglider dies after chute collapses
The Sierra de Líjar is a popular spot for paragliding. Photo: Tom@Where / Flickr
11:05 CEST+02:00
A British woman, described as an experience paraglider, died on Sunday in the Sierra de Líjar southern Spain after her parachute collapsed shortly after take-off.

The 48-year-old with the initials L P, tumbled to the ground just just a few meters after jumping off a hillside when her chute became tangled, witnesses told the rescue team.

"She fell face down in an area that was extremely inaccessible," one of the rescue team told The Local. "It seemed her chute folded just a few seconds into the flight," he said.

The alarm was raised at around 2.45 pm on Sunday and a specialist rescue team of firefighters from the CBPC were dispatched to the scene.

But because of the difficult access, the woman's body was not retrieved until 7pm.

The woman was a resident of La Línea de la Concepción, the town on the border with Gibraltar, and regularly went paragliding in the Algodonales region of Cadiz, Andalusia.

A spokesman from the British Embassy confirmed the death. "We have been informed of the death of a British national in the Cadiz area on June 21st and are providing consular assistance to the family at this difficult time."

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