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Briton dies in hang glider crash in eastern France

A British expat living in France died on Sunday when his hang glider crashed into trees in the east of the country.

Briton dies in hang glider crash in eastern France
A British hang glider has died in a crash in eastern France. Photo: Clement Bucco-Lechat/wikimedia commons

The Briton, aged 49, died when his hang glider crashed to the ground at a hand gliding and para gliding centre near the town of Dole in the Jura department.

According to initial investigations the man died during a “bad landing” of the hang glider. He reportedly collided with tree tops, before falling 15 metres to the ground as he was heading towards the centre's landing field.

He was found by emergency teams at around 2pm “in a state of cardiac arrest” and reportedly broke his neck in the fall.

According to other hang gliders, the wind conditions on the day of the accident were difficult.

 

The gendarmes, the country’s military police confirmed that the dead man was a British national, who lived in the city of Nancy in the east of the country.

He had started his free flight from the summit of Mont Poupet, the highest point of Franche-Comté for hang gliders and para gliders.

A probe has been opened up to determine the exact cause of the accident. The victim has not yet been named.

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Three die in kayak tragedy off northern French coast

Three people have died while kayaking off the northern French coast, authorities said Sunday.

Three die in kayak tragedy off northern French coast
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A fourth person aged 15 was rescued, suffering from hypothermia, and taken to hospital, they added.

The Amiens prefecture said the bodies of a man and a woman in their 50s were found on the beach at Crotoy after midnight while the body of another man was recovered later.

It said eight kayakers, members of a local club at Saint-Valery-Sur-Somme, set out Saturday afternoon but they split up into two groups, with four returning to base and the others continuing, aiming for Cayeux-sur-Mer down the coast.

The alarm was raised at 17:45 pm (1645 GMT), with two helicopters and rescue boats involved.

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