Russian tourist, 18, dies and his mother is seriously injured in Turkey after parasailing cable broke at 200ft sending them crashing into a tree
- Mark Mitrofanov and his mother Tatiana Mitrofanova sent crashing into a tree
- Parasailing cable to speedboat snapped at 200ft above the sea in Turkish resort
- Russian 18-year-old was rushed to hospital but died from severe head injuries
- Tatiana survived terrifying smash and is in hospital in the Turkish city of Antalya
A teenage Russian tourist died in Turkey after his parasailing cable broke 200ft above the sea and he crash landed into a palm tree.
Mark Mitrofanov and his mother were left flying out of control in strong winds after the cable to a speedboat became detached.
His mother survived the terrifying smash in the grounds of a beachside hotel and is in hospital in the Turkish resort Antalya.
Tatiana Mitrofanova, 39, suffered facial injuries and spoke in hospital before she was aware he son, who was about to start university as a medical student, had died.
The 18-year-old, from Novosibirsk, was rushed to hospital but died in intensive care from severe head injuries.
The moment Mark Mitrofanov and his mother Tatiana crashed into a palm tree at the Turkish resort of Antalya
Tatiana Mitrofanova, victim’s mother, getting medical help at the scene of the crash (left) and (right) eyewitnesses trying to help Mark Mitrofanov after his horror smash in Turkey
Tatiana Mitrofanova survived the terrifying smash in the grounds of a beachside hotel and is in hospital in the Turkish resort Antalya
A video of the accident shows the helpless couple flying out of control towards the palm tree.
Tatiana Mitrofanova told PressHata: ‘We enjoyed the views for about a minute, then the cable snapped.
‘The cable broke and we flew towards the road and palm trees. The only thing I remember after that is that we were ‘braking’ on the palm trees.
‘I thought we’d fall in a hotel grounds and this is what happened. When I opened my eyes there was a woman in glasses.
‘I saw Mark, he was lying and I did not see him speaking. There also was someone next to him. I was put in the ambulance and brought here.’
Footage from DHA shows first responders desperately trying to help Mark after the crash landing.
Tatiana Mitrofanova with her son Mark at the holiday resort. The teenager died and his mother was left with facial injuries in hospital after their parasailing accident
Tatiana Mitrofanova and her son was left flying out of control on a parasail in strong winds after the cable to a speedboat became detached. She is pictured (right) in hospital being treated
A friend said: ‘Doctors fought for Mark until the end, but could not save him.
‘Mark’s heart stopped during second surgery. It was not possible to save him.’
He suffered a ‘very tough’ blow on the palm tree.
The friend said: ‘It is the hardest for his mother. She almost did not suffer, although she flew with her son.’
Mark’s father, a well-known social activist in Novosibirsk, was flying to Turkey after the horror accident.
He said: ‘My son had been in Antalya for a long time, and his mum had just arrived.
‘It is not known yet what kind of boat it was, and if it had at least some [safety permits].’
Mitrofanov is the 89th Russian tourist to die in Turkey this year.
The parasail could be seen wrapped around a palm tree after the Russian tourists’ flew into a tree in a Turkish resort