Most people want to try something adventurous while traveling or on holiday. Besides, they know that it’s something that they can’t usually do on a daily basis back home. However, not all these escapades end up with amazing moments — some of them can be quite terrifying.
Just take this one US tourist, for example, who decided to try hang gliding for the first time in Switzerland – only to face the possibility that he may not get out of it alive.
After taking off from a 4,000 ft mountain edge, Chris Gursky had to hang on for two minutes and 14 seconds, as the pilot desperately tried to steer with one hand. Why? Because the latter accidentally forgot to attach him on the craft!
The heart-stopping footage that Gursky shared on YouTube showed him dangling high above the ground. After he realized that he was not attached to the glider, he tightly gripped a metal bar with his left hand and held onto the instructors back with his right as they glided over trees and fields.
The pilot tried his best to bring them down but had trouble controlling the glider, and they flew over more trees and went higher. At one point, Gursky even appeared to be hanging on with just one hand as the hang glider soared in the air.
Gursky said in an interview:
“I was just trying to stay calm, trying to hold on for dear life. I looked down once, and I thought to myself: ‘This is it, I’m going to fall to my death. I’m a goner.’ … I didn’t have much grip left in me; my hand was opening, I was slipping. I had his pant leg, and that’s about it.”
Fortunately, just when Gursky couldn’t hang much longer, they were already close enough to the ground for him to let go. However, He tore his left bicep tendon and had to have surgery on his right wrist after it suffered a distal radius fracture from the impact of dropping to the ground.
Despite his terrifying experience, Gursky still managed to be funny in his video captions.
Watch the video here:
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