THE wife of an man who died in a paragliding accident has paid tribute to her ‘love, true friend and inspiration’.
Kenny Ebbrell, 54, is believed to have plunged on to rocks after getting into trouble while flying above Buckstones Edge, close to Scammonden.
Emergency services and mountain rescue teams were called to the scene at New Hey Road on Saturday afternoon.
Mr Ebbrell, of Haweswater Crescent, Unsworth, Bury, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Reports suggested his paraglider had fallen a considerable distance. Police are investigating and a report is being prepared for the coroner.
Mr Ebbrell’s wife Magdalena, 34, said last night: “Kenny was my love, my true friend, and a great inspiration. We shared the most precious moments.
"We went on lots of adventures together but I have many special memories of when we were just at home – those I will remember forever. I was so lucky to share my life with Kenny.”
Mr Ebbrell was a deep-sea diver who had repaired oil pipelines in the North Sea. In recent years he had moved into a management role.
In his spare time he flew planes and hang-gliders, as well as paragliders. He had paraglided from Buckstones before - even recording his flight on the video below.
His brother Alan, 43, from Chadderton, said: “He was a legend, a real character who was loved by everyone.
"You only need to look at all the tributes on Facebook to see how loved he was. It’s a huge loss.”
The Nont Sarah's area where Mr Ebbrell died is a popular spot for paragliders.
It is understood he had launched from rock crags in ‘perfect’ weather conditions but got into difficulty a short time later. Rescuers said he had plunged around 100ft and crashed into rocks, ending up part way down a ravine.
Fire service spokesman Damien Cameron, who led the technical rescue team, said: “The call came through that the man had fallen 100ft and was 50ft down a ravine.
“It wasn’t so steep that we needed to do a rope rescue. We were able to get down there and bring him up on a stretcher. All the emergency services tried to revive the casualty but he was pronounced dead at the scene.”
Mr Ebbrell was an active member of a paragliding group called the Pennine Soaring Club, and popular with fellow enthusiasts. One pal wrote on an internet forum: “I knew Kenny for around 27 years. He was a true gentleman – the life and soul of the party, always smiling, with huge enthusiasm for life, and plenty of funny tales to tell.”