Man joked about harness snapping before fatal fall

THE daughter of a man who plunged 150ft to his death in a Turkish parasailing accident said yesterday that moments before the fall her father joked about what would happen if the harness snapped.

Glenn Hudson, 50, persuaded his daughter, Emma, to take part in the tandem parasail.

And as the pair floated above the beach, he spoke of how “lovely” and “peaceful” the experience was — before suddenly dropping to his death.

Ms Hudson, 25, had never imagined that his harness — which was apparently damaged by the sun — would give way.

Her father, a roof tiler from Colchester, Essex, told her to relax.

She said: “He was having a joke with me. I asked what would happen if you hit the water from that height, and he said ‘You wouldn’t survive it, anyway’.

“I said ‘Thanks for reassuring me, Dad.’ I never imagined that his harness would break and that would actually happen.”

The pair took off on the 15-minute journey over the resort of Side on Saturday.

Turkish police are investigating the accident, and his wife Linda Hudson, 51, said she was told the hire company, which operated from a beach-side shack, would be prosecuted. She is considering suing the company. “I know my husband would be up there, saying ‘You can’t let this go, Linda’.

“The main thing we want to do is save lives. I really want justice for Glenn — that poor man. What pains me is the fall, and what he must have been thinking.”


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