The paraglider crash landed on Whernside's summit ridge

The paraglider crash landed on Whernside's summit ridge

A paraglider had to be rescued after crash landing on Yorkshire’s highest fell.

The man was airlifted from Whernside after landing on the summit ridge and injuring himself.

The Clapham-based Cave Rescue Organisation was alerted about 5.20pm on Tuesday.

A team spokesperson said: “Low cloud and loss of daylight forced the air ambulance to abandon attempts to rescue the man and CRO started to organise a stretcher carry.

“Due to the casualty’s condition a Bristow helicopter was requested which, together with CRO members located the casualty and flew him to Leeds-Bradford Airport for transfer to Leeds General Infirmary.

“This avoided a long stretcher carry and subsequent protracted road journey to hospital.”

The spokesperson added it was the first time the team had worked with the recently introduced civilian Coastguard helicopter.

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