Paraglider pilot flown to Dunedin Hospital after accident

A seriously injured paraglider pilot was flown to Dunedin Hospital by the Otago Regional Rescue Helicopter yesterday afternoon.

The accident occurred at the bottom of a cliff about half way up the face of End Peak, near the Twin Falls and Treble Cone access road.

Emergency services were called about 1.30pm.

Two helicopters attended. One was a local aircraft that dropped off members of an alpine rescue team.

The rescue helicopter then strop-lifted the patient from the mountain before carrying on to Dunedin.

Members of Wanaka’s emergency services attended in a fire engine and a van to assist the retrieval mission.

- By Marjorie Cook

 

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