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Sacha dislocates knee but vows to continue

Sacha was attempting to take off from a field east of St Petersburg on Saturday when she stumbled on uneven ground, causing intense short-term pain.

She rested it for a day but when she tried to launch again, the knee wasn’t strong enough. This morning she had an MRI scan in St Petersburg which confirmed that she’d temporarily dislocated her knee cap but nothing is broken. 

The knee is still too weak for her to take off running, as she would normally, so she will adapt her paramotor with wheels, so she can take off without putting pressure on her knee. She hopes to continue her journey without too much delay.

Sacha Dench said:

“It was incredibly painful for a couple of minutes. My screams of pain were obviously heard quite some way away because, in true Russian style, an elderly couple suddenly appeared from the forest nearby and filled my pockets with cranberries that they'd picked 'as they are good for the health and healing' and they wished me success on my travels.


“Unfortunately the cranberries didn’t work quickly enough for me to get back in the air on Monday and I’ve had to go for an MRI scan. The prognosis is as good as can be. I’ve not broken anything and I should be able to adapt the paramotor so that I’m on my way again very soon.

“I’m still right in the midst of the Bewick’s swan migration and I’m looking forward to catching up with flocks of them at the wetlands near St Petersburg and further down the flyway. Injury is always a risk for paramotorists, just as it is for the swans, and we just hope that it won’t hold me up for too long".