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02 November 2012 09:02
A couple from Sunderland tried their hand at paragliding during a holiday in Turkey
Two brave pensioners have taken the plunge on holiday in Turkey by paragliding from a mountain at 8,000ft. Irene Tyson, 72, may be confined to a wheelchair but that wasn't enough to stop her trying out the daredevil activity while on holiday with her husband Robert, 78.
Mr and Mrs Tyson, from Sunderland, decided to throw caution to the wind during their break in Olu Deniz, and while it may sound like fun, those who want to emulate the couple's thrill-seeking antics will need to ensure that they have full
senior travel insurance ahead of their trip. Mrs Tyson spends most of her time in a wheelchair after an operation left her with mobility problems, while her husband has had a pacemaker fitted and a hip replacement.
The pair spent around 40 minutes in the air as they flew in tandem over Turkey's south coast. Mr Tyson said it was "scary" when they reached the top of the mountain, but added: "I was scared about landing because of my hip but I never felt a thing. We stopped in the air just before landing and floated to the ground. It's the craziest thing we've ever done at our age. We enjoyed it to say the least, we're still flying high."
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