Critically injured climate activist and support staff killed in paramotor crash

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Critically injured climate activist and support staff killed in paramotor crash


A climate activist who was attempting a first round-the-world tour of mainland Britain to raise awareness of global warming was seriously injured and a member of her support staff killed after a paramotor crash in the West Highlands of Scotland.

Sacha Dench had been dubbed the “human swan” as she attempted a 3,000-mile motorized paraglider trip to mark the United Nations COP26 climate change conference on October 31.

Dan Burton, a member of his support staff, was killed in the incident on Saturday afternoon near Loch Na Gainmhich.

Ms Dench is currently at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary in serious but not life-threatening condition.

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Mrs Dench had attempted the challenge of marking the United Nations conference on climate change COP26

In a statement, Conservation Sans Frontières administrators said: “We are very sorry to have to confirm that Dan Burton, the support paramotor, died as a result of the crash.

“Sacha Dench is seriously injured and is treated in hospital. His injuries are serious but do not endanger his life.

“Both very experienced paramotors, our hearts go out to the family of Dan Burton, to whom we offer our deepest condolences.

“The incident has been followed up by police and medics and investigations are underway to establish the details of the accident. “

The statement added that the families of those involved had been informed and the Round Britain Climate Challenge would now be suspended.

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