Paraglider Kevin Philipp is lucky to be alive after his glider lines became badly entangled while plummeting to the ground — before literally getting his rescue parachute open about one second before impact!
And, the entire death-defying ordeal was caught on video.
Philipp shared the terrifying clip Monday … showing him paragliding thousands of feet in the air when suddenly his lines become tangled. Badly tangled.
KP — who’s an aerobatic paraglider (think crazy stunts under a large glider) — desperately tried to straighten out the lines, but the attempt was futile.
It appears Philipp attempted to deploy his reserve chute, but that wouldn’t open, either.
Then, about a second before the would-be impact, Kevin ripped the bag containing the rescue chute, which then opened … in all likelihood, saving his life, and at the very least, averting serious injury.
“Oh my God!” Philipp yells after landing (hard) into a small tree.
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Philipp posted the video on YouTube, explaining “strong turbulence” caused the lines to tangle.
As for how close he was to disaster, Kevin wrote … “The falling speed increased a lot due to the twisting wing. Very last chance was to manually open the rescue package. Estimated time left about 1 second This was not the day to die!”