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Old 02-17-2007, 01:05 AM   #1
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Paraglider survives 32,000ft fall

Ewa Wisnierska says she felt like an astronaut returning from the Moon
A German paragliding champion has survived being sucked into a storm that pulled her higher than Mount Everest.

Ewa Wisnierska, 35, who lost consciousness as she soared skywards, was covered in ice and battled hailstones the size of oranges.

She was pulled 9,940m (32,612 feet) above sea level in the storm near Tamworth, in New South Wales, paragliding officials said.

A 42-year-old Chinese man, He Zhongpin, was killed in the tornado-like storm.

They - along with 200 others - were preparing for a world paragliding championship in the town of Manilla, Australia, when the thunderstorm hit.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/6369923.stm
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Old 02-17-2007, 01:45 AM   #2
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that is some scary shit!
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Old 02-17-2007, 01:47 AM   #3
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Old 02-17-2007, 08:57 AM   #5
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She also said she felt like a leaf in the wind. That must be crazy.
I didn't know you could survive so long, considering that it was -50°C where she was.
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I'm gonna be the one to say it. Paragliding always looked like a stupid sport. Sure looks stupider now!

Oh yes, don't mess with Australian thunderstorms either!
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Old 02-18-2007, 09:11 AM   #7
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Paragliding is risky, but I don't think it's stupid.

Could be fun.
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