Click to join an upcoming live event

Turn off Ads (click)

Click on your language to translate this article:

Afrikaans Afrikaans Albanian Albanian Amharic Amharic Arabic Arabic Armenian Armenian Azerbaijani Azerbaijani Basque Basque Belarusian Belarusian Bengali Bengali Bosnian Bosnian Bulgarian Bulgarian Catalan Catalan Cebuano Cebuano Chichewa Chichewa Chinese (Simplified) Chinese (Simplified) Chinese (Traditional) Chinese (Traditional) Corsican Corsican Croatian Croatian Czech Czech Danish Danish Dutch Dutch English English Esperanto Esperanto Estonian Estonian Filipino Filipino Finnish Finnish French French Frisian Frisian Galician Galician Georgian Georgian German German Greek Greek Gujarati Gujarati Haitian Creole Haitian Creole Hausa Hausa Hawaiian Hawaiian Hebrew Hebrew Hindi Hindi Hmong Hmong Hungarian Hungarian Icelandic Icelandic Igbo Igbo Indonesian Indonesian Irish Irish Italian Italian Japanese Japanese Javanese Javanese Kannada Kannada Kazakh Kazakh Khmer Khmer Korean Korean Kurdish (Kurmanji) Kurdish (Kurmanji) Kyrgyz Kyrgyz Lao Lao Latin Latin Latvian Latvian Lithuanian Lithuanian Luxembourgish Luxembourgish Macedonian Macedonian Malagasy Malagasy Malay Malay Malayalam Malayalam Maltese Maltese Maori Maori Marathi Marathi Mongolian Mongolian Myanmar (Burmese) Myanmar (Burmese) Nepali Nepali Norwegian Norwegian Pashto Pashto Persian Persian Polish Polish Portuguese Portuguese Punjabi Punjabi Romanian Romanian Russian Russian Samoan Samoan Scottish Gaelic Scottish Gaelic Serbian Serbian Sesotho Sesotho Shona Shona Sindhi Sindhi Sinhala Sinhala Slovak Slovak Slovenian Slovenian Somali Somali Spanish Spanish Sudanese Sudanese Swahili Swahili Swedish Swedish Tajik Tajik Tamil Tamil Telugu Telugu Thai Thai Turkish Turkish Ukrainian Ukrainian Urdu Urdu Uzbek Uzbek Vietnamese Vietnamese Welsh Welsh Xhosa Xhosa Yiddish Yiddish Yoruba Yoruba Zulu Zulu
Travel News

British tourist falls to his death during paraglide

27_14
Avatar
Written by editor

A British tourist has fallen to his death in Argentina while his brother watched him take part in his first paragliding trip.

A British tourist has fallen to his death in Argentina while his brother watched him take part in his first paragliding trip.

David Mather, 28, was on holiday visiting his brother who lives in South America when he plunged more than 200ft after slipping out of his harness, according to local reports.

Witnesses said Mr Mather began screaming that something was wrong as soon as he took off with the instructor on New Year’s Eve. He was desperately trying to cling to poles on the paraglide as the instructor tried to keep hold of him.

Their grips failed and the man fell, crashing through palm trees and landing in a mini-golf course in a garden at the foot of the hill. He is thought to have died instantly.

Gareth Mather, 29, told the London Evening Standard: “People were shouting that he wasn’t hooked up properly. You could see him slipping from the harness and the instructor reaching down trying to grab him. Then they went out of sight behind a hill.”

His brother, who lives and works nearby in the Salta province in north-west Argentina, ran round to where Mr Mather had landed but he could not be saved and died at the scene.

Mr Mathers, who worked for Brent Council in London, was on an extended holiday in Central and South America that had included a visit to Belize and scuba diving in Honduras.

Lydia Brown, his girlfriend, and his parents Ian and Ceri, are believed to have arrived in Salta at the weekend.

His family have accused the manager and instructor at the adventure tourist company, which organised the trip, of negligence.

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: “We have been in contact with the family and have offered consular assistance. We have put the family in touch with locally-based English speaking lawyers”

Witnesses told Argentina’s Diario Panorama newspaper of the moment Mr Mather fell to his death. One said that he shouted as the instructor tried in vain to hold him.

The witness said he was watering his garden when he heard the screams and looked up to see Mr Mather hurtling towards a neighbour’s garden.

A man who was looking after that property said: “It was very strange – the paragliding instructor landed next to the lifeless body and remained motionless, in shock.”