GURUN: Two men who took off from Gunung Jerai on a paraglider were killed after wind conditions changed suddenly, causing them to slam into some rocks before getting caught on trees on a steep slope in the hilly area.
Mohd Hazlan Ismail, 32, and Liang Chong Kee, 52, died at the scene due to severe head injuries yesterday.
Mohd Hazlan, a policeman with the Simpang Empat police station in Perlis, was also a paragliding instructor with the Indra Kayangan Paragliding Club.
Liang, his student, was a sub-contractor. A witness who did not want to be identified said the sudden wind caused their paraglider to become unstable.
The two men ended up nosediving into the cliff, said the witness, who is also a paraglider.
He said the victims were the last two to take off after six others had done so successfully earlier.
Kedah Fire and Rescue assistant director of operations Nazri Zakaria said they were alerted about the tragedy at 12.53pm.
A 30-strong rescue team arrived at the scene at 1.09pm, he said.
He said the paraglider got entangled in some trees at a height of about 50m and that the team was only able to bring the bodies down at 3.25pm. Their bodies were sent to the Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital in Alor Setar, he said.
He advised paragliding enthusiasts to notify the police and his department before embarking on such activities to ensure a quick response in case of untoward incidents.
They should also check on weather conditions, he added. â€” Bernama