The paraglider who was reported missing since Monday from near Muthalapozhi at Perumathura in the district is yet to be traced. Noushad, 47, had fallen into the water during his third attempt to glide towards Muthalapozhi around 4.30 pm.
According to the police, Noushad, son of Majeed of Kazhakkoottam, was a paragliding instructor who used to train several people in the sport. The police said that apparently technical glitches had caused the accident. However, the exact reason is yet to be determined. The police also said that they suspect Noushad had fallen into the Muthalapozhi estuary, from where he could be swept away into the sea. “Coastal police and lifeguards along with the fishermen and local people are searching for him,” they said.
The Kadinamkulam police are heading the rescue effort as the incident had occurred in their station limits. However, police officials said on Tuesday that the chances of finding him alive were remote. They also said that personnel from the Navy and the Coast Guard too would join the search soon.
The local residents said that the flight was not a new sight for them as Noushad used to conduct paragliding in the area regularly. They also said that on Monday, he had started his adventure around 3.30 pm and glided two times towards Anchuthengu from Perumathura bridge.
The local people also said that being a holiday for schools, Noushad’s family members had also accompanied him to watch his adventure. However, the flight this time turned tragic, with Noushad heading straight down to the sea.
Till late Tuesday, the police were searching for him in the sea and in the Anchuthengu lake with the help of the fishermen and local people.
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