Search operation under way for missing French paraglider in Gilgit Baltistan’s Hunza Valley

08:25 PM | 3 Jul, 2022
Search operation under way for missing French paraglider in Gilgit Baltistan’s Hunza Valley
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GHIZER – A search and rescue operation is under way to find a French paraglider who went missing after a jump near Gilgit-Baltistan’s Duikar village on Saturday.

A senior police official told a local publication that French paraglider Savall Xavier took off with two Spanish paragliders.

The pilot of the simplest aircraft went missing soon after he took a flight from a peak around 4pm on Saturday. The Spanish paragliders however landed safely in Garnish valley.  

A team consisting of rescue personnel, police and local volunteers was rushed to the site but it has yet to trace the paraglider.

The Hunza deputy commissioner said that officials decided to trace the missing French paraglider with the help of a chopper. A helicopter has reached in the northernmost region to launch a search for the missing French paraglider.

The area where foreign tourists were paragliding is said to be dangerous and rescuers may face difficulty in finding the missing paraglider, officials said.

These paragliders reportedly arrived in Hunza late last month and they stayed in a local hotel.

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Pakistan’s sparsely populated region Gilgit-Baltistan is home to some of the top peaks and a major tourist destination. A large number of tourists visit the region each year for expeditions on various peaks, paragliding and other sports.