A 56-year-old man of British nationality, suffered a small accident when coming in to land on La Herradura beach. Fortunately, he was not seriously injured, despite the 4-metre drop when the parachute partially collapsed.
The pilot had time to chose between the empty road, a parked car, or attempting to reach the beach for a softer landing, but chose the tarmac because the beach was far from empty of beach goers (and trees) – Damned British of him, of course.
Anyway, he hit the road with quite a jolt to his undercarriage (legs) and fuselage (back), more or less where the Hotel Fenicios is. Fortunately, as mentioned before, there was no traffic at that moment, and doubly fortunate that beach-based, First-Aid people were close to hand. He would have been in safe hands if he had ditched in the water, as well, as the bay-crossing swimming competition was in progress, so if you are determined to fall out of the sky, this was the right day.
He was patched up by the Almuñécar ambulance crew and whisked of for a softer landing at the Motril hospital, Santa Ana.
(News: Herradura, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)