Man falls 150 feet in paragliding accident


NIGHT AND DECIDED TO CUT HIMSELF LOOSE. SANIKA DANGE JOINS US LIVE FROM JUPITER WITH THE STORY. SANIKA? SANIKA: DAMIEN LEROY, OR DAMO AS HE IS MORE WELL-KNOWN IS A PRO ATHLETE. HE RECENTLY FINISHED THIRD AT THE SPEED WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS HE WAS A FORMER OLYMPIC SKIER, AND HE WAS NOMINATED FOR KITEBOARDER OF THE YEAR. AND HIS FRIENDS SAY THOSE SKILLS ARE WHAT HELP THEM YESTERDAY.>>HE’S GOING TO JUMP. HE JUMPED. SANIKA: FRANTIC MOMENTS LAST NIGHT IN JUPITER. 34-YEAR-OLD DAMIEN LEROY WAS PRACTICING POWER PARAGLIDING WHEN HE RAN INTO TROUBLE.>>PARAGLIDING IS NEW FOR HIM. HE ONLY PICKED IT UP WITHIN A YEAR OR TWO. SANIKA: JON MODICA HAS BEEN CLOSE FRIENDS WITH LEROY FOR MORE THAN 15 YEARS. HE WASN’T AT THE BEACH WHEN LEROY FELL 150 FEET FROM HIS POWERED PARAGLIDER BUT DOZENS OF OTHER WITNESSES WERE.>>I JUST LOOKED UP AND I SAW THAT HE WAS ON A KITEBOARD OR WHATEVER IT WAS AND HE WAS KINDA GOING IN CIRCLES. NORMALLY THEY FLY A STRAIGHT LINE. IT JUST DIDN’T LOOK RIGHT. SANIKA: VOLPE SHOT THIS VIDEO THAT’S NOW GOING VIRAL ON FACEBOOK. HE SAYS IT LOOKED AS IF LEROY WAS GETTING TANGLED.>>HE ACTUALLY UNBUCKLED HIMSELF AND WAS HOLDING ON AND I GUESS WAITED UNTIL A PERFECT TIME TO LET GO TO FALL INTO THE MANGROVES.>>HE’S A WORLD CLASS ATHLETE, HE WAS AN OLYMPIC SKIER, AND HE’S ONE OF THE TOP KITE SURFERS IN THE WORLD. EVERYTHING HE DOES HE’S ONE OF THE HIGHEST ATHLETES IN THE COUNTRY, SO NOT TO BE SURPRISE THAT HE HANDLED IT WELL, BUT HE COULD ONLY DO SO MUCH WITH THAT TYPE OF ACCIDENT. SANIKA: LEROY WAS AIRLIFTED FROM OCEAN CAY PARK TO ST. MARY’S HOSPITAL WITH A BROKEN FEMUR, A PUNCTURED LUNG, AND SEVERAL OTHER MINOR INJURIES. BUT FRIENDS AND FAMILY ARE HOPING FOR A FULL RECOVERY.>>HE WAS IN GREAT SPIRITS LAST NIGHT. HE WAS MAKING JOKES AND, YOU KNOW, I THINK HE’S JUST DISAPPOINTED THAT HE’S INJURED AGAI SANIKA: I DID SPEAK TO LEROY’S BROTHER ON THE PHONE THIS

7 thoughts on “Man falls 150 feet in paragliding accident

  1. would have been way safe to stay in the POWERED PARAGLIDER! What he did was plain stupid. that wing was still flying, would have been a smooth landing. he was at sea level to so it would have been a stand up landing at that

  2. This doesn't make any sense at all. Motor was still running. Wing was flying pretty straight from what I could see. Bad training? No training?

  3. Damo, stick to kiteboarding and don't ever put a paramotor on your back again. You've endangered other people and the reputation of our sport. People like you have no consideration for others who get proper training, fly safe, and protect our privileges to use public areas. You're not a hero…you're not a pilot…you're a selfish narcissist who's lucky to be alive.

  4. This whole news report is so retarded! all the people on Facebook is just laughing at this store. Think the news really killed these guys career on his first flight on a paramotor.

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