Paraglider seriously injured in Hong Kong after crashing into trees

Attempt to soar over 300-metre-tall hill results in helicopter rescue

PUBLISHED : Monday, 13 March, 2017, 8:01am
UPDATED : Monday, 13 March, 2017, 8:48am

A paraglider was seriously injured on Sunday after crashing into trees in Hong Kong’s New Territories.

The 43-year-old man lifted off from Long Ke Wan, a site frequented by paragliders.

He was said to have attempted to soar over a 300-metre-tall hill and descend with an air current, but he lost control and crashed into trees near Tuk Ngu Shan next to Long Ke Wan before 2pm Sunday.

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His friend called authorities for help.

Rescuers located the stranded man after searching for an hour.

Sustaining injuries to his limbs and back, the paraglider remained conscious and was able to respond to rescuers’ questions.

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Rescuers airlifted him using a Government Flying Service helicopter to Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital in Chai Wan.

He was listed in serious condition in hospital.