Paraglider Survives Thunderstorm Encounter

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A German paraglider was frostbitten and bruised from being pummeled by orange-sized hail, but lived to tell the tale of being sucked up inside a thunderstorm and spit out at 30,000 feet. Ewa Wisnerska was practicing for a meet in Australia when the storm hit. Another competitor, He Zhongpin of China, was killed in the storm. Wisnerska, 35, shot to 30,000 feet in about 10 minutes. "You can't imagine the power. You feel like nothing, like a leaf from a tree going up," she told a news conference. "I was shaking all the time. The last thing I remember it was dark, I could hear lightning all around me." Wisnerska was unconscious for about an hour as the paraglider slowly descended to about 20,000 feet. When she came to, she was coated in ice and had endured temperatures as low as -50 degrees Celsius but managed to land safely.