Parasailing tourists from Singapore get caught in pine trees in Penang

Operators trying to rescue the two tourists who got caught among the pine trees in Batu Ferringhi, Penang on Sept 19, 2016.
Operators trying to rescue the two tourists who got caught among the pine trees in Batu Ferringhi, Penang on Sept 19, 2016.PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

GEORGE TOWN (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - For the fourth time this year, tourists waiting for their turn to parasail in Batu Ferringhi found themselves witnessing high drama.

This time, a Singaporean couple got caught in the pine trees nearly 20m above ground on the popular beach in Penang. The incident occurred at about 6.30pm on Monday (Sept 19).

The operators, locally called beach boys, used a tractor to help bring down the unidentified couple within 30 minutes. The couple were not injured.

Apparently, the parasailers from Singapore got caught in the tree during take-off.

"They didn't understand the instructions," said a beach boy who declined to be named.

"They pulled on the left para-cord and the parasail veered into the treeline as soon as they were in the air."

In February, two Jordanians injured their spines after falling 8m to the ground during landing. About a week later, another Middle Eastern man got caught in a flagpole.

Last month, two Japanese tourists were trapped in a tree for 40 minutes as they waited to be rescued following a failed landing.