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Blown out to sea with Agamma and VHF radio

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Weight: 140
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Model: MacPara
Paramotor Frame: MiniPlane Top80 with

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August 17, 2012
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Aug 2012: The pilots saw the small squall in the distance and decided to launch anyway. The winds were 5 miles an hour at launch but at 200 feet the wind was over 25 knots and he was immediately pushed the opposite direction and out to Sea. He said that as he was being drawn out to sea he was climbing without throttle. He quickly did spiral dives and under control landed in the water. His gamma inflated within seconds and his wing caught some air as it came down and floated. This particular pilot was well prepared and pulled out his waterproof VHF radio and called the Coast Guard for retrieval. A Coast Guard helicopter was dispatched to find him and a fast boat picked him and his equipment up out of the water. There was no damage to himself or the equipment other than getting wet. This pilot was very lucky he only spent 4 1/2 hours in the water and got rescued. Very lucky indeed. I bet this pilot won’t launch in questionable conditions from now on.

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