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Police officers and firefighters from the commune of Kęty (Małopolska) were looking for a 44-year-old motor hang glider on Sunday. The man took off with two other motor hang gliders, but separated from the group and did not return to the landing site. At night he was found dead in the Soła River.

On March 19, at 8 p.m., police officers from the Police Station in Kęty received a report of a 44-year-old missing.

– The man was supposed to take off on a motor hang glider around 4 p.m. in Nowa Wieś together with two other motor hang gliders. We know this from his family and other motor hang gliders. Before 6 p.m., he separated from the group and did not return to the landing site, says Małgorzata Jurecka, a spokeswoman for the Oświęcim police.

Firefighters fished the motorcyclist’s body from the river

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Officers from Kęty – from the police, the State Fire Service and the Search and Rescue Group of the Volunteer Fire Brigade – immediately started searching using dogs and drones.

“At around 1 a.m., as a result of the activities carried out, the body of a motor hang glider was found in the Sole River in Nowa Wieś. Firefighters fished out the body from the river,” reads the police release.

– The man was spotted by one of the firemen and kudos to him for that, because it’s hard to find anything there at night. He said that the light from his flashlight reflected off the flywheel. Only the circle was sticking out of the water – describes Jan Wołoszyn, commander of GPR OSP Kęty. And he adds: – It was near the hang glider landing site, in the bend of the river. Soła, like a mountain river, in some places reaches the ankle, in bends it can be deeper. There was a meter – one and a half meters deep. The motor glider probably couldn’t get up, he was tangled in the equipment.

According to Wołoszyn, the action of extracting the motor hang glider to the shore was difficult, it took about an hour, because the river in that place creates a pool, overgrown with trees and bushes.

Police: It was probably their first flight this season

The prosecutor ordered to secure the body for an autopsy, which will show the direct cause of death. In the course of further investigation, investigators will establish the circumstances of the incident.

As Małgorzata Jurecka reported, at the moment the event is treated as an unfortunate accident. – Motor hang gliders were not members of a sports club and this was probably their first flight this season – she added.

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