Norwich paraglider has lucky escape after parachute becomes trapped around Overstrand telegraph pole

Part of the paraglider which became stuck around a telegraph pole in Overstrand.

Part of the paraglider which became stuck around a telegraph pole in Overstrand. - Credit: Archant

A paragliding enthusiast had a lucky escape after a gust of wind caused his parachute to become wrapped around a telegraph pole today.

The accident happened on the cliffs off Clifton Way, Overstrand, just before 5.30pm.

Shop worker Xavier Thomas, 45, from Norwich, who was flying the paraglider managed to disconnect his seat in time on the grass and was not injured.

He said: 'I was trying to take off from the cliff and the glider touched the phone line so I disconnected it from my harness.'

Firefighters from Cromer and Mundesley were called and arrived just before 5.30pm but were not needed and left after four minutes. No other emergency services were called.

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Mr Thomas has been paragliding for 10 years and said the weather conditions today were 'perfect' for flying. He was planning on flying to Mundesley and West Runton.

His parachute cost £1,500 but Mr Thomas said it was not damaged but it could take several hours to remove it from the telegraph pole.

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He added today was the first time something like that had happened to him while paragliding.

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