Dramatic moment paragliders slam into Canadian hang glider, 60 – sending him hurtling into a forest where he got stuck in a tree for two hours before he was found
- Louis Charland, 60, was hang gliding in Quebec when hit by two paragliders
- He became stuck in a tree for two hours before he was found
- Charland said: ‘The two people in the paraglider were not looking in front of them so they rushed into me’
- The paragliders managed to carry on safely, and were not injured
- Charland sustained minor injuries and says all three are lucky to have survived
A Canada man hang gliding through the mountains in Quebec was sent hurtling into a forest and got stuck in a tree for two hours after two paragliders slammed into him in a dramatic collision.
Louis Charland, 60, was hang gliding at Mont Yamasaka ilast week when they hit him.
In footage captured by his GoPro, Charland takes off from a grassy ledge and with a slight jump ascends into the air.
Louis Charland (pictured), 60, hang gliding at Mont Yamasaka in Quebec, Canada, before the collision
While in the air Charland (left) was slammed into by two paragliders (right) who managed to continue flying safely
The 45-year hang gliding veteran captures the scenic hills of Mont Yamasaka while twising beside paragliders floating by.
Suddenly, he was bombarded by two distracted paragliders.
‘The two people in the paraglider were not looking in front of them so they rushed into me,’ Charland said.
The paragliders ropes and wing momentarily get tangled with Charland, but they manage to continue flying.
Charland, on the other had, was sent hurtling into a dense nearby forest where he became stuck in a tree for two hours
Charland is sent hurtling toward the forest.
‘You can see in the video that they managed to go above my wing and carried on flying whereas I was sent down into the woods,’ Charland said.
The footage shows him hitting and lodging into a tree.
Charland (pictured) has been hang gliding for 45 years and says all three of them are ‘very lucky’
According to Charland, flyers who noticed the incident landed and called for help.
Charland said: ‘I was stuck in the tree for two hours before they found me, it was getting dark by then as it was 8pm.’
Luckily, he didn’t suffer any injuries other than a minor scratch on his neck.
‘In 45 years of flying this is my first accident, I can say that all three of us were very, very lucky!’