A 47-year-old German national has succumbed to his injuries following a paragliding accident on Lion’s Head on Tuesday, 11 January. Western Cape police have opened an inquest docket following his death.

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Speaking on behalf of the Western Cape Department of Health, Maret Lesch told News24 that the man had passed away due to his injuries at a hospital in Cape Town.

“The deceased foreign national passed away at a nearby hospital on Wednesday morning. Investigations continue,” said police spokesperson Captain Frederick van Wyk.

The pilot was a member of the South African Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association (SAHPA), and Louis Stanford, the organisation’s president, expressed his sadness over the passing of the skilled solo recreational pilot and promised that the matter would be investigated.

According to Stanford, the Aeronautical Rescue Coordination Centre (ARCC) organised the rescue.

The paraglider was discovered in critical condition wedged between two large rocks.

He was airlifted by the AMS Medical Helicopter to Groote Schuur Hospital for urgent care; however, he had sustained severe head injuries.

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