By: Zulfiqar Ali Khan
Hunza, Oct 16: An army helicopter has successfully rescued the missing Austrian paraglider Leo Erich, after 24 hours, on his 40th birth day. He was among the nine member German and Austrian paraglider team that glided from Borith Sar (4000m), on Thursday. The glider is badly injured and having problems due to cold weather. He has therefore been shifted to Gilgit after receiving first aid in Gulmit.
According to Afzal Khan, Director of the Silk Route Hotel, Gulmit, the glider fell down above Ghulinghal, Ghulkin, due to heavy wind. Luckily he did not sustain life threatening injuries because of the presence of snow at spot where he ‘landed’. The team leader established contacts with him through wireless phone and advised him to save himself from the cold weather.
The volunteers of Focus Humanitarian and local administration have also conducted search and rescue operations throughout Saturday night, however remained unable to locate him.