Fatal Paragliding Accident Claims Man’s Life in Melbourne, the Same Day of the Water Ski Crash

Published 02/11/2024, 7:48 AM EST

Follow Us

It’s been a dark and terrible Sunday for the Citizens of Victoria. In a space of just three hours in the morning, multiple reports of accidents and deaths came out. A man paragliding above Colac West crashed into a near field in Melbourne, leaving him with deadly injuries.

America’s Favorite Video Today

The accident occurred at about 9am in the morning, the same time the Southern 80 race at the Murray river started. Little did anyone know what was about to unfold over there as well. As for the unfortunate paragliding incident, paramedics rushed onto the scene but could not save him.

Weekend paragliding outing ends horribly

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

A Sunday that none of the residents of Victoria will forget just got even worse. Three major accidents happening so close to each other is not something you hear every day and will certainly leave fear in the hearts of people. The paragliding operator is yet to be identified by authorities and no family member has tried to establish contact yet. It all unfolded near the intersection of Kenny’s Lane and Rossmoyne Road in Colac West.

The wreckage of the accident site told a haunting tale of the tragedy that unfolded and the paraglider lay in ruins in the paddock, its twisted spokes a grim sight caught by cameras. The cause of the devastating crash remains a mystery, fueling speculation and demand for answers. Amid the disbelief and grief of the local community, concerns arise about the safety measures and details surrounding the fatal incident.

Trending

Get instantly notified of the hottest ViralSportsMoments stories via Google! Click on Follow Us and Tap the Blue Star.

Follow Us

To worsen things, this was just one of the two accidents that happened on Sunday. The annual Southern 80 race claimed the life of Luke Wentworth of Team Gassa, who, while waterskiing behind a speedboat, reportedly crashed into a tree.

A beloved pastime for many, the crash serves as a poignant awakening to the dangers that come with daring recreational pursuits. Authorities are now working to understand how the crash took place and have urged people for help.

Investigations are underway

There were speculations that the Australian Transportation Safety Bureau will head the investigation of the crash. But rules suggest that crashes that involve sporting aviation equipment are outside the jurisdiction of the ATSB. However, sports aviation institutions can take up the case and the ATSB will provide them with any external assistance, if required.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

This is the second instance of a paragliding accident claiming the life of a man, in two months. It happened near the Murray Valley Highway in Towong, where the man crashed into a paddock. He also had a similar fate where medics tried their best to revive him but failed. The injuries from the crash were far too deadly.

There is a great buzz in the air around paragliding in Victoria, because of the Corryong Paragliding Open. The nationally recognized annual tournament attracts people from all over and will be held between February 18th t0 24th.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

The two deaths, however, will certainly paint a cloud of doubt in the minds of people. If anything, it may force them to be cautious. Authorities have requested anyone with photos or footage of the crash today to come out.

Watch this story – 29-Year-Old Irish Cyclist Unveils Paracycling Secrets, Winter Plans and Anticipated Adventures

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

ADVERTISEMENT

Written by:

Allen James

635Articles

One take at a time

Hey folks! I am Allen James, and I am proudly holding court as the maestro of Viral Sports! Armed with a degree in Mass Communication, and a specialization in Journalism, my journey has been nothing short of a love story with sports. From epic showdowns that set the world on fire to heart-wrenching farewells that left us all misty-eyed, my pen has danced through the most electrifying moments. But what gets my heart racing at VSM? It?s the sheer diversity of options, a playground where no single area is off-limits! With dreams of conquering the world of sports broadcasting, I?m on a quest to explore every nook and cranny.
Show More>

Edited by:

Rohan Karnad

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

EDITORS' PICK

America’s Favorite Video Today