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Gudauri is a mountain ski resort in Georgia.

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Expat killed in Georgia accident, criminal case filed

 

DUBAI – A criminal case has been filed after a Filipino expatriate died in a paragliding incident while on vacation in Gudauri, Georgia.

The victim, Bryan Vale De Guzman, was flying over Gudauri when his paraglider malfunctioned over the Gudsky Gorge. De Guzman, 38, fell into the Aragvi River.

The Georgian Interior Ministry said that the crash instantly killed the Filipino. A Georgian citizen, who was in the paraglider with him, survived.

Police have launched an investigation into the incident, while a criminal case has been filed against the paragliding company for “causing death by negligence”, Georgia media reported.

De Guzman was a nurse based in Saudi Arabia where he had worked for ten years. He was on vacation in Georgia with colleagues when the incident occurred.

His family says they are awaiting the repatriation of his body to the Philippines.

Last year, a ski lift that malfunctioned in Gudauri left at least 10 people injured when the mechanism began running at a high speed.

People were forced to jump off the lift from different altitudes, while those who did not manage to jump off the ski lift were thrown out from the impact. ICA/Expat Media

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