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On a wing and a prayer
Posted by: McQ on Saturday, February 17, 2007

Astonishing story:
A German champion paraglider says she survived being lifted higher than Mount Everest by a thunderstorm that killed a Chinese paraglider in eastern Australia.

Paragliding 2005 World Cup winner Ewa Wisnierska, 35, says she was lifted 32,612 feet above sea level by a storm Wednesday near Manilla in New South Wales state while preparing for the 10th FAI World Paragliding Championships next week. Everest tops out at 29,035 feet.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports Wisnierska told Australian radio that doctors think she survived because she passed out for a time. (Australian Broadcast Corp. has posted a video report here, including its interview with Wisnierska.)

"It was because that I got unconscious because then the heart slows down all the functions — it saved my life," she said.

Another paraglider was not so lucky. The body of China's He Zhongpin, 42, was found more than 40 miles away from his launch site, the Morning Herald says.
36,000 feet and oxygen deprivation not to mention the violence of the storm, loses consciousness, and yet her paraglider stays in flyable shape and she regains consciousness (with no apparent damage) in time to safely land. Amazing.
 
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36,000 feet and oxygen deprivation not to mention the violence of the storm, loses consciousness, and yet her paraglider stays in flyable shape and she regains consciousness (with no apparent damage) in time to safely land. Amazing.
You sound skeptical. Did you mean to?(Sometimes it’s hard to catch sarcasm on the weekends.)
 
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You sound skeptical. Did you mean to?
No. I meant it when I called it an "astonishing story" and her survival to be "amazing".

Imagine the power of the storm, how cold it was at that altitude and her passing out from lack of oxygen and yet still being able to survive. It’s pretty much the story of a miracle if you ask me.
 
Written By: McQ
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Imagine waking up!
 
Written By: Bryan Pick
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Your title "On a wing and a prayer" presents an interesting juxtaposition with at least one aspect of the story. I currently live in Australia and read the local newspaper story, which included the following quote from the woman.

"I don’t know who to thank, I thanked the angels, but I don’t believe in God."

So apparently she believes she was just "on a wing."
 
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I thanked the angels
Yeah, and well she should.

The don’t believe in God part, so, what, maybe Valkyries?

 
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I was thinking exactly what Bryan said. Who knows how high she was when she regained consciousness but, damn, talk about a situation that calls for quick thinking.
 
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