Rescuers at the site on the Old Man of Coniston where the paraglider was injured in a crash. Photo: GNAA

Rescuers at the site on the Old Man of Coniston where the paraglider was injured in a crash. Photo: GNAA

A paraglider was airlifted from a Lake District fell after suffering serious injuries in a crash on the mountainside.

Members of Coniston Mountain Rescue Team were called out to the site at Cove Quarry on the southern slopes of the Old Man of Coniston yesterday.

They were joined in the operation by the Great North Air Ambulance and a group of soldiers who were training in the area.

The paraglider, in his 50s and from Windermere, was blown off his course and suffered head and leg injuries in the incident.

He was treated at the scene by a doctor and paramedic from the helicopter.

A Coniston MRT spokesperson said: “With the help of some soldiers in training from Infantry Training Centre in Catterick who were carrying out navigation training in the area, he was stretchered to the helicopter about ¾km away down the fell and then flown to hospital in Newcastle.”

The man was reported to be in a stable condition when he arrived at the Royal Victoria Hospital.

Eight Coniston MRT volunteers took part in the three-hour rescue.

Some articles the site thinks might be related:

  1. Paraglider rescued from Carrock Fell after take-off crash-landing
  2. Mountain rescuers help treat seriously injured paraglider on Hay Bluff
  3. Giant balloon sparks major Ullswater search after fears of paraglider crash
  4. Injured Lake District paraglider airlifted to hospital from Whiteside
  5. Injured Windy Gap speed flier airlifted after Sty Head crash