Tributes have flooded after a man died in a horror paragliding crash in the Scottish Highlands.
Dan Burton has been named locally as the 54-year-old who died in the freak accident near Loch Na Gainmhich by the A894 shortly before 4.45pm on Saturday, September 18.
The incident involved a collision involving two paramotors.
Another woman, understood to be the ‘Human Swan’ Sacha Dench, also suffered serious injuries, although they are not thought to be life-threatening.
Ms Dench made headlines in 2016 when she travelled 4500 miles in a motorised paraglider from the Arctic to the UK following the migration route of the swan.
It’s understood the pair had been taking part in an expedition called Round Britain Climate Challenge, which was set to see Ms Dench circumnavigate over 3000 miles of the UK in a green electricity-powered paramotor.
The charity Conservation Without Borders was behind the campaign and its trustees have now issued a statement on social media.
It read: “In the last stages of the Round Britain Climate Challenge a major incident has occurred involving the lead and support paramotors on the expedition.
“The incident occurred in the Western Highlands of Scotland near Loch Na Gainmhich.
“We are very sorry to have to confirm that Dan Burton, the support paramotorist has died as a result of the accident. Sacha Dench is seriously injured and is being treated in hospital. Her injuries are serious but not life threatening.
“Both highly experienced paramotorists, our thoughts are with the family of Dan Burton to whom we offer our sincere condolences.
Tributes have been paid to Dan, who has been described as a ‘pioneer’ by pals.
One wrote: “Can’t believe the world has lost this modern-day adventurer… our good friend. Numb and heartbroken.”
Another said: “After a fun and happy weekend with my extended diving family – I return home to the sad news that an old friend of mine from the diving world Dan Burton has died in a paragliding accident.
“Dan and I spent many years working together in the embryonic days of freediving in the UK (and abroad) during the late 90’s and early 00’s.
“Although various trips to international feediving competitions kept us busy and our paths very much aligned…I especially remember a fun trip to Nice with Dan and Steve Truglia to go no limits freediving with Loic Leferme. Sadly Dan, Steve and Loic are all gone and taken from us too early.
“Dan was an adventurer and pioneer at heart and always tinkering with some new passion project usually involving underwater photography, or more recently Paragliding.
“R.I.P Dan – you will be missed.”
A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Police Scotland can confirm that a 54-year-old man has died and a woman has been seriously injured following a collision involving two paramotors yesterday afternoon.
“Police were informed about the incident near Loch Na Gainmhich by the A894 shortly before 4:45pm and inquiries to establish the full circumstances are ongoing.
“The next of kin of those involved have been informed.”
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