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November 2, 2009

Russian paraglider's body found in Himachal

     Dharamshala: An Indian shepherd has helped find the body of a Russian paraglider who went missing while flying through Dhauladhar mountains in Himachal Pradesh. Elliya Yudin had come to Bir Billing area in Kangra valley to participate in a paragliding competition. On October 25, Yudin along with some other paragliders went on a rescue mission to find another missing paraglider. However, Yudin reportedly fell down and went missing. Police teams who went to find Yudin were unable to get details of his whereabouts. Shyam, a local shepherd who knew the topography of the region volunteered to join the rescue operations. Shyam trekked for around 21 km before recovering the body from a narrow gorge. "He went along with four-five people and they retrieved the body successfully and this body is handed over to police now," said Sanjeev Gandhi, Additional Superintendent of Police, Kangra. "It was difficult to reach there and find the body. But I thought since the authorities are finding it hard to find the body I should help. He was a foreign guest. I wanted that the body of the person should reach his kin," Shyam said. Around 120 pilots from India and abroad had registered for a pre-World Cup paragliding championship, which was scheduled to begin in Kangra valley on November 4. Organisers cancelled the event citing non-cooperation by the State government.
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