Paraglider from Cromer suffers serious injuries and is winched to safety by Coastguard helicopter after accident during flight

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Photo: Andrew Milligan /PA Wire - Credit: PA

Investigators are examining the cause of a paragliding accident which left a 63-year old Cromer man with serious injuries.

The man, who has not been named, fell onto a steep part of Rushop Edge ridge, near Castleton, in the Peak District in Derbyshire.

His current condition has not been confirmed.

An air ambulance crew was first on the scene, quickly followed by a team of 20 responders from Buxton and Edale Mountain Rescue teams.

According to the rescuers, the man was so badly injured it was thought any unnecessary movement could cause further problems, and so they chose to call for a Coastguard helicopter to assist.


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The helicopter, based in Hull, then flew to the scene and winched the man up, before taking him to a specialist trauma centre in Stoke.

The accident occurred shortly before 11.30am last Thursday, and the whole rescue operation took around two hours.

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It is not yet known what caused the accident, but an investigation is being carried out by members of the British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association.

Peter Marcou, safety officer at the Norfolk branch of the organisation, said: 'The accident could be weather-related or pilot-related, or a mixture of both.

'We wish the pilot a speedy recovery.'

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