This morning we were happy to see the parapente flyer, Samuel Von Rutte, and his wife at our beach gate. They came in for coffee and we talked about the day before. They were both very thankful that he was rescued. Apparently, he knew right after he jumped that something was wrong with his equipment. His wife who was up on La Loma at the jump site saw that his equipment was wrong, so she threw on her gear and jumped to help him. As I said before, everyone was there helping him, because it takes so long to actually fly there. The police did take him to the hospital, where they checked him out and then let him go. We are all grateful that this story had such a happy ending.
Samuel lives in Orecao, South of here. He has been flying for many years and has lived in Ecuador 30 years. He is originally from Switzerland and is a cacao grower. He exports his beans all over the world. He brought us some chocolate, which is delicious. They are anxious to fly again and get this bad experience behind them.