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Hanglider Crash Pilot Rescued

Cliffhanger 2

8:53am 29th May 2012
(Updated 9:33am 30th May 2012)

A 77-year-old Hanglider's been rescued after crashing into a cliff at Eype near Bridport.

Fire crews from Bridport and technical rescue crews from Weymouth and Poole were called to help the man who was left hanging from the cliff face at Highlands End Farm Holiday Park after becoming trapped.

The incident happened just before 6pm last night.

Rescue teams made sure he was secure to stop him falling further before he was winched to safety and taken to hospital by Portland Coastguard Helicopter where he was treated for a dislocated hip.

Here's how the situation unfolded:

Portland Coastguard was notified of the incident at 6.00 pm by Dorset Fire and Rescue.  The report was that a hang glider had crashed into the cliff at Eype, near the Highlands Caravan Park.  Portland Coastguard sent the West Bay and Lyme Regis Coastguard Rescue Teams, who worked with Dorset Fire and Rescue Service and South West Ambulance Service. Upon arriving it became clear that, due to the location of the casualty and the nature of his injuries, rescue by helicopter was the most appropriate method.  The Portland Coastguard helicopter was scrambled and arrived on scene at 6.19 pm.  Having winched the casualty from the cliff, a paramedic trained winchman assessed the casualty on the cliff top and with a suspected dislocated right hip he was transferred to Dorchester County Hospital with the assistance of Wyke Regis Coastguard Rescue Team.  

Mark Rodaway, Portland Coastguard Rescue Coordination Centre Manager said:
"As a result of a concerted multi-agency response the injured casualty was able to be moved to safety to receive prompt medical attention. Portland Coastguard wish the gentleman involved in the incident a speedy recovery."

Many thanks to Martin Cox for supplying these pictures to Wessex FM.

Hanglider Rescued at Eype.


Portland Coastguard Rescue Helicopter winches hanglider to safety.

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