Crashed Paraglider rescued from Glencoe

An injured paraglider was airlifted from a Glencoe mountain after crashing on Monday afternoon (27 May).

Photo credit: Ian Mcconnell, Glencoe MRT

 HM Coastguard’s UK Aeronautical Rescue Coordination Centre (ARCC) received a call from Police Scotland at 4:30pm requesting the assistance of a helicopter to rescue the 36-year-old man, who had been able to call 999 following the crash. He reported that he had crashed on ‘Creag Dubh’ and had injuries to his left foot, right ankle and elbow.
Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team (MRT) and HM Coastguard Search and rescue helicopter based at Inverness went to the scene. The man was winched onboard the helicopter and was transferred to Torlundy landing site where he was transferred into the care of the Scottish Ambulance Service for onward transfer to Belford hospital in Fort William.

 George Baird, Captain from HM Coastguard Inverness helicopter said “This job was challenging due to the steep ground and narrow gully that the casualty was in. The MRT did a great job of securing the scene and assisting the winchman to stabilise the casualty. They also played a key role in helping with the winching operation that made a very tricky job a lot more straight forward."

Photo credit: Glencoe MRT

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