Polish paraglider goes missing in Himachal, helicopters deployed to locate him

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Two helicopters have been deployed to search for a Polish paraglider missing for the last two days after he took off from Bir in Himachal Pradesh’s Kangra district.On Monday, four Polish nationals launched themselves from Bir and went missing near Dharamshala.The rescue teams of Kangra district have located three out of four foreigners but one — Andrez is still missing, Kangra SP Shalini Agnihotri said on Wednesday.The incident occurred days before the commencement of the Pre-World Cup Paragliding competition to be held from October 26 at Bir-Billing in Kangra district.According to the administration, trained gliders can fly, compete and indulge in adventurous activities in Bir-Billing — the paragliding capital of India that has also gained a global reputation.The paragliders were not registered with any association as they flew in the free-flying category in which registration is not mandatory. According to reports, under this category, a person can cover a distance of up to 200-250 kilometres.Three foreigners were rescued near the Indrunag area on Tuesday. Officials said that they were safe and medically examined. The paragliders revealed that they planned to fly till Shahpur area but got lost, they added.Rescue protocol was being followed and search operations near Dharamshala and Indrunag have been intensified to locate the missing paraglider, the SP said.Preliminary information regarding the missing paraglider came from the daughter of the missing person through social media, officials said. Police were in touch with the family members of the missing persons, they added.Over 150 participants from around 28 countries have registered to participate in the Pre-World Cup Paragliding competition being organised jointly by the Billing Paragliding Association and the Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation.Edited By: Prateek ChakrabortyPublished On: Oct 26, 2023ALSO READ | Over 1,000 Himachal cops fall for cryptocurrency fraud, lose crores of rupeesALSO READ | Himachal school students donate pocket money for disaster relief fund

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