Two people were performing CPR on the unnamed Brit, it’s believed, when the police and rescuers reached the scene, but he died due to the severity of his injuries.
His body taken away by a police helicopter after the horrific incident on the south side of a 8,572ft mountain peak called Pico Gallinero in the Aragonese Pyrenees.
Civil Guard were alerted around 1.30pm yesterday and officers from the Greim mountain rescue team responded while a police chopper was mobilised.
A post-mortem is expected to take place within the next 48 hours at the Huesca’s Provincial Hospital.
Civil Guard were alerted around 1.30pm yesterday and officers from the Greim mountain rescue team responded while a police chopper was mobilised. Pictured: Rescuers at the scene
A 50-year-old British man has died in a paragliding accident in the Spanish Pyrenees
Ordesa Valley which forms part of the Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park in the Spanish Pyrenees
The causes of the accident are now under investigation on the mountain peak which is not far from the spot where British hiker Esther Dingley was found dead last year following her November 2020 disappearance.
The same mountain rescue team based in the Pyrenees town of Benasque that took part in the search for the Oxford graduate, participated in yesterday’s operation.
The south side of the Gallinero Peak, which is in the municipality of Castejon de Sos, is believed to be a take-off site for paragliders wanting to enjoy spectacular views of the Pyrenees including Spain’s third-highest mountain Aneto.
A local firm which organises flights says online: ‘It’s a unique setting for a magical experience.’
In June a 52-year-old man from Barcelona lost his life in an earlier paragliding tragedy in virtually the same spot. Reports at the time linked the tragedy to a possible human error.