When you go hang gliding, there are a few key things you need in order to have a swell time: a clear, sunny day; some rad shades and a wild sense of abandon. Oh… and the most basic of safety precautions, of course.
But one unlucky lad found out the hard way that you shouldn’t take these safety measures for granted when he went hang gliding in Switzerland – and quickly discovered he wasn’t strapped in to his aircraft.
On his first day of a holiday, YouTuber Gursk3 decided to try hang gliding, but the excursion took a stomach-churning turn real fast.
“My first time hang gliding turned into a near-death experience as my safety harness was never hooked to the glider,” the thrill seeker wrote alongside his video, which has been viewed more than 8 million times. “For 2 minutes 14 seconds I had to hang on for my life! The landing was a rough one, but I lived to tell the story.”
Do not let his blase attitude fool you: the video below is absolutely terrifying.
We some have important questions, though:
1. Why did the guy not just let go as soon as he realised he wasn’t strapped in?
2. Why didn’t the instructor at least try to attach his safety harness?
3. For that matter, why did the instructor not land the glider sooner?
Thankfully, Gursk3 only ended up with a fragmented distal radius fracture on his wrist, which required surgery and a titanium plate, and a torn left bicep muscle.
“I will go hang gliding again as I did not get to enjoy my first flight,” the frankly foolish bloke added.
Come on mate, don’t tempt fate! This was clearly your one Get Out of Jail Free card in life. Don’t push your luck.