The first being - are you a retard?
The second being - are you a retard?
a) Why are you flying the thing when there's a cell in the immediate vicinity?
b) Why didn't you just fly it out of the column?
c) Why didn't you just stall the chute?
OK, c) I'm a little unsure about. I know a normal 9 or 7 cell parachute when stalled will deflate, vastly increasing decent rate, and reinflate quickly when you let up on the brakes and allow it to start flying again. If these para-things are prone to collapsing into a permanent streamer if stalled, that would lead me to the next question...
Do these people use a pilot's bailout reserve? I would. And I'd have exited that hunk of junk in a heartbeat rather than get swept away. I've been as high as 16,000' without O2 and the air is getting noticeably thinner. 5 minutes at 16K' and your brain function starts to get just a notch slower, you can feel it happening. Get back down to 10K and you clear up back to normal quick - in a matter of seconds.
German paraglider survives a storm that swept her 30,000 feet into the air.
Paraglider Ewa Wisnierska was sucked thousands of feet into the air by a thunderstorm whilst flying.
She spent 40 minutes unconscious while being carried to a height of approximately 30,000 feet, where she was pounded by hail, narrowly avoided lightning and was covered in ice. [...]