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Unattached Hang Glider Manages To Hold On

Hand Gliding Hang gliding can certainly have its scary moments but when you take to the skies for your first trip in a hang glider accompanied by an instructor you would hope that you are in safe hands. Well, an American who recently made such a trip may beg to differ.

Chris Gurksy from the USA was recently on holiday in Switzerland and decided to go hang gliding for the first time no doubt to enjoy some of the beautiful green fields as well as the mountains. Unfortunately, the adventure did not quite go according to plan due to a serious oversight.

Regrettably, his safety harness was not attached to the hang glider and this was not something that was noticed by the instructor until it was too late. The pair took off from the edge of a mountain several thousand feet tall. By the time they realized something was not quite right they were unable to stop getting airborne.

Mr Gurksy found himself holding onto a bar with one hand and with the other could be seen holding onto the back of the instructor who was having difficulty controlling the hang glider.

Apparently, both were airborne for over 2 minutes during which time Mr Gurksy was no doubt very scared and possibly thought that his life was about to come to an untimely end. Fortunately, this did not happen but when the hang glider descended Mr Gurksy’s feet hit the ground at a speed of around 45 mph and he ended up tearing his left bicep tendon. He also broke his wrist that was no doubt very painful.

Some of you may be surprised to read that Mr Gurksy would like to take to the skies again in a hang glider when he will hopefully have a more enjoyable flight. He is obviously a very brave man as, having gone through what he did that could have resulted in his death, there are possibly a lot of other people who, having had the same worrying experience, would never want to see a hang glider again. We wish him a more successful and uneventful flight when he next gets airborn in a hang glider.

Here at AIB Insurance, we have many years experience in arranging cover for a range of airsports. So, whether you are looking for cover for the first time or your existing policy is shortly up for renewal, why not give us a call on 02380 268 351 and have a chat with a knowledgeable member of our team who will happily obtain a no-obligation, competitive quote from one of our vetted insurers. We look forward to being of assistance to you.

P J Hayman & Company Added To Our Panel

P J Hayman & CompanyIt is with great pleasure that we announce the addition of P J Hayman & Company to our panel of insurers. The insurers that we partner with are carefully chosen and we are extremely pleased to be doing so with this respected business.

P J Hayman & Company, located in Hampshire, was established in 1990 and provides specialist schemes and travel insurance. Over the years their business has grown and now has over 40 staff who pride themselves on providing a quality, professional customer service whether it be in respect of arranging suitable cover or dealing with a claim.

P J Hayman & CompanyThey offer a range of specialist insurance products that are suitable for many of our clients who enjoy adventure based trips as well as long stay holidays. There is also the option of “Independent Traveller” cover. They can even arrange travel cover for many people with pre-existing medical conditions as well as putting travel insurance in place with no upper age limit for people making both annual multi-trips and single trips overseas.

They have an Adventures Activity Travel Insurance policy that is designed to cover individuals and groups who take part in a huge selection of activity holidays or working abroad as well as participating in amateur and professional sports and hazardous pursuits. For instance, cover can be arranged for the likes of hang gliders, skydivers, paragliders, paramotorists, black water canoeing, bobsleigh, caving, gliding, hot air ballooning, mountaineering, parachuting and trekking to name but a few.

A comprehensive level of cover is provided to provide our valued clients with complete peace of mind. For instance, the Adventures policy provides search and rescue cover of up to £50,000 following an accident.

We look forward to working closely with P J Hayman & Company.

Further information about them can be found on their website at http://www.pjhayman.com/