Sea returns Austrian paragliders’ bodies

in Regional · 12-04-2018 14:42:00 · 0 Comments
Sea returns Austrian paragliders’ bodies

The bodies of two Austrian paragliders missing since Monday at Meco beach near Sesimbra were found at about 9:30am on Thursday morning, the National maritime Authority told Lusa News Agency.

The search operation had been suspended at the time because of the bad weather. But just as the search and rescue teams were disbanding the sea gave up the bodies of both Austrian nationals within a few metres from where the search party had congregated to regroup, commander Fernando Pereira da Fonseca said.
The accident happened on Monday when three Austrians, who were practicing paragliding, were swept out to sea.

One of the paragliders, a woman had landed on the beach very close to the water’s edge and was dragged out to sea along with her paraglider. Two other Austrians from the same party, who had landed shortly before, went to rescue the woman but they too were swept away.
The body of the first victim, a 51-year-old man, was found on Monday.
The Austrian ambassador in Lisbon, Robert Zischg, said that following the fatal accident, the remaining members of the group had decided to cut short their stay in Portugal.



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