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Speed flyers descend Europe's most active volcano

Thursday, May 17, 2012 - 01:53

Mar. 17 - Two Italian speed flyers and their team become the first gliders to descend Mount Etna. Kilmeny Duchardt reports.

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Off the Eastern coast of Sicily sits Europe's most active volcano - Mount Etna. Two Italian speed flyers and their team ascend to the peak, which sits over 3,300 meters above sea level, or almost 11,000 feet. Speed flying is a combination of paragliding and skiing and the group is hoping to be the first to glide down Etna. With the help of guides, the team reaches the peak. And despite the volatility of the volcano, which has erupted four times since January, Jody Barratin said he and his partner Felice Boccanegra feel safe. (SOUNDBITE) Jody Barattin, speed flyer, saying (English): "You can smell the smoke the smell of the volcano. You can feel it, you can listen to the noise. And you can see all the sea around us, surrounding us and it's just a beautiful environment and beautiful feeling. And I'm really looking forward to do some nice and busy speed ride. The conditions are perfect, the wind is good. The sky is clear, so I am looking forward to start." Gliding down the valley, the team become the first to descend Sicily's Mount Etna wearing a paraglider and skis. Kilmeny Duchardt, Reuters.

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Speed flyers descend Europe's most active volcano

Thursday, May 17, 2012 - 01:53