An Israeli paraglider was rescued safely in the Himalayas last week after spending the night in a freezing, abandoned cabin.
The disabled man, 51, was discovered the next day by two other paragliders from the Czech Republic, who had made an emergency landing nearby.
According to a Transportation Ministry report on the accident, released on Wednesday, the original plan was for the paraglider and two others to travel 40 kilometers in a highly mountainous area in India. They flew at 2,700 meters altitude in a region where the peaks reach 4,000 meters.
The weather soured and the paragliders lost sight of one another. At one point, the man's prosthetic leg detached, and in an attempt to keep from losing it, he lost altitude and realized he could no longer cross the mountain ridges. At that point, he decided to land.
He did not have a satellite communications device, and his cellular phone did not work where he landed - and no one knew he had landed. He found a cabin nearby that was used by trekkers, which had some wood and a stove. Though he had no food, he did have an insulating blanket. He made two trips to find a way out, but realized there was nowhere to go.
The Czechs found him and they managed to make their way down to a village, where they called for help. They returned with two mules and two guides at 10 P.M. the next day, loaded the man and his paraglider on the mules, and made it back to the village at 2 A.M. From there he took a cab back to the paragliders' camp.
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