Paraglider cheats death by 'one second' in parachute tangle and it's bloody terrifying
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Paraglider cheats death by 'one second' in parachute tangle and it's bloody terrifying

Yeah, nah that's gonna be a huge 'fk that' from me.

A mad dog paraglider captured the exact moment he was "one second" away from death.

What was meant to be a sick paraglide in Organya, Spain quickly turned into a death-defying situation when Kevin Philipp's lines got tangled in his parachute.

The nerve-wracking footage shows the bloke performing the adventure sport 'acro', a freestyle activity that involves doing tricks mid-air.

But as he was doing this, Kevin's parachute failed to open - so unless he had some mates on the ground with a massive trampoline waiting for him, he needed to come up with a Plan B fast. 

With strong turbulence and lines wrapped all over him, getting closer and closer to the ground, Kevin was able to pull the lines off him and tug a ripcord, which released a life-saving parachute.

Kevin hit the ground with a thump but luckily made it out of the situation alive, yelling "oh my God!" once he had landed, which is helluva lot more polite than what would have come out of our mouths. 

Kevin shared the insane video to Youtube where explained a bit more about what happened. 

"Acro paragliding trick in strong turbulence went wrong. Break line got stuck," he captioned the clip. 

"Falling into the lines and wing made the rescue parachute throw quite hard. The falling speed increased a lot due to the twisting wing.

“Very last chance was to manually open the rescue package. This was not the day to die! Thanks!!!"

Kevin explained that acro paragliding is a sport where you make loads of "trials and errors" when learning the tricks.

“With 2-3 rescue parachutes and a lot of height we can safely train this kind of sport. This occasion is quite unlucky and rare. Just to keep in mind.

“Fly high, land safe.”

Unsurprisingly, the comment section of the vid is full of people who can't believe how close this guy got to becoming a human pancake. 

"What a tangled mess. You did amazing on staying focused and you are very blessed to have had that final second to do what needed to be done." One person commented.

“Fucking hell that's terrifying. I'm glad things turned out well!” Another wrote.

A third said: “Insane! This is what fighting for your life looks like. Glad you won!” 

There was another guy who also asked why the heck the reserves didn't open, writing: “Why both reserves did not open? Bad packaging? You should look into that first."

Kevin later clarified in his comments: “The handle was stuck in the lines so it couldn’t travel far enough to deploy.”

Better him than me, mate. I wouldn't have a clue what to do if something like that happened to me.

That's why I'll stick to keeping my feet on the ground and get my adrenaline elsewhere.