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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 18 June 2018

Emirati man injured in paragliding accident in RAK

Faisal Al Shahi was piloting a powered paraglider when he lost control and crash landed from a height of 20 metres

A paraglider was injured after losing control during his descent and falling 20 metres in Ras Al Khaimah on Friday.

Faisal Al Shahi, a 36-year-old Emirati man, said he was piloting a motorised paraglider at 5.30pm in Al Mairid area of the emirate when he lost control and plummeted to the ground.

“People that saw me called a rescue team and they came to help,” Mr Al Shahi said on Sunday.

The rescue team provided him with first aid before taking him to Al Saqr Hospital in Ras Al Khaimah.

Mr Al Shahi suffered from moderate to minor injuries.

"I suffered a number of cuts and bruises, but no broken bones, thank God," he said.

Mr Al Shahi said he first became a fan of paragliding in 2017 but said the accident would not deter him from continuing with his hobby.

"Accidents happen but I will be out of the hospital soon," he said.

Last month, a 78-year-old British man was rescued after crashing his hang glider into a tree in the mountains in RAK.

David Willis, a flight simulator instructor in Dubai, was hang gliding from Jebel Jais at midday when strong winds caused him to crash land in a tree.

He said he had been flying at 1,000m above sea level when he lost control of the glider upon his descent.

He broke three ribs and injured his neck but was released from hospital two days later.