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Paraglider fractures spine in Lake District crash

The GNAAS at the scene Credit: GNAAS

A paraglider fractured his spine after falling four metres in a crash at Buttermere on Saturday.

The Great North Air Ambulance Service was called to the scene, where the the injured 37-year-old from Halifax had been taking part in an event.

He was immobilised by the GNAAS crew and was given pain relief before being flown to the Cumberland Infirmary, where he arrived in a stable condition.

Paraglider rescue

The Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team were called out to rescue a paraglider who was stuck on ice, near the summit of Grasmoor.

Whilst they were making their way to the paraglider, a second call came from a lady who had slipped and injured her leg.

The 53-year-old lady from the north east, slipped whilst climbing down a steep embankment on her way down from Robison to Buttermere Moss.

The team treated her before she was carried down on a stretcher to a waiting ambulance.

The casualty and team members under the tent sac, staying warm, whilst the stretcher is being assembled. Credit: CMRT
A CMRT member making notes on the casualty’s condition. Credit: CMRT

The stranded paraglider was uninjured but had to be lowered down snow slopes in the Red Gill area of Grasmoor.

A team member in front of the casualty is assisting by cutting steps. Credit: CMRT

19 member of the CMRT attended the two callouts, and the Keswick mountain rescue team assisted with the second rescue.