A HENLEY ballooning instructor and his two student passengers had a brush with death when their
A HENLEY ballooning instructor and his two student passengers had a brush with death when their hot air balloon crashed into an 11,000-volt power line on Sunday. The near-fatal accident happened as 27-year-old pilot Mr Mark Shemilt of Park Road, Henley, was teaching Mr Frank Lee and Mr David Cartwright, both from London, how to land in a field near Benson. But although all three were trapped up in the live wires, facing the possibility of an explosion from the balloon’s 20 gallons of propane gas, they managed to escape to safety.
An illegal caravan site has sprung up in Kidmore End — to the fury of residents. Bulldozers arrived last Friday morning to remove part of a hedge bordering a field alongside the Sonning Common to Kidmore End road. By the early evening, villagers were astonished as a fleet of caravans moved on to the site.
The death of a young tourist in Henley last week has brought a new urgency to council plans for a footpath along Riverside South. Speaking at Tuesday’s meeting of the general purposes committee, Mr Tony Lance said that, following the accident, the path was now essential. Last Monday 15-year-old German visitor Katja Dischinger was crushed against the wall of the Angel on the Bridge pub.