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Hunt for passenger after paramotor crashes into Pak Sak Jolasid dam


A TWO-SEATER paramotor crashed into the middle of Pa Sak Jolasid dam at around 6 p.m. yesterday (Mar. 4) with fishermen able to rescue the injured pilot but his passenger remains missing, Sanook.com said today (Mar. 5).

The accident occurred at Manoa Wan subdistrict, Phatthana Nikhom district, Lop Buri province with the paramotor hitting the dam’s reservoir one to two kilometres from the shoreline.

Upon seeing the crash fishermen went out in their  boats and managed to rescue the pilot with his passenger believed to have drowned together with the powered paraglider’s motor. After he was brought ashore he was handed over to volunteers who rushed him to the hospital.

Later a Ruamkatanyu Foundation team totalling 15 volunteers with divers among them sailed out in two flat-bottom boats to look for the missing passenger. However after searching for around three hours in four- to five-metre deep water only the paraglider and the motor was found.

The rescue team then returned to work out a new search plan amidst the cold and rapid flow of water in the reservoir and poor visibility.

Today Ruamkatanyu Foundation sent another team of water rescue volunteers to continue searching for the missing person.


Volunteers searching for the paramotor’s missing passenger. Photos: Sanook.com

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